Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Works for Me Wednesday: Keep Track of Your Reading

I used to read A LOT. Like, I would get in trouble for reading when I was supposed to help set the supper table, and my punishment would usually be that I wasn't allowed to read for a certain amount of time. My sisters & I were about the only kids I knew who had this problem. :)

Now I don't have quite the time I once did to read, and often I go to the library with no idea of a book to check out. I come home with some duds - I read a few pages then try to figure out why on earth I checked that book out. 

A few months ago, I found Goodreads. While I won't exactly say it's changed my life :), it certainly has helped me find my love for reading again. With Goodreads, you can keep track of books you've read, are currently reading, and ones you'd like to read in the future. You can also find your friends on it, (similar to Facebook...) where you can see what they're reading or have read in the past. You can post reviews and rate books. 

So, why is this so great? If I hear of a book that interests me, I add it to my Goodreads list. I also see what my friends (who happen to have pretty similar book tastes to me) are reading and if any of those are interesting. Just having a list of books that I want to read and somewhere fun to keep track of them (that I won't lose - I've tried regular old lists before) is super motivating!

To see other things that work, check out my other Works for Me Wednesday posts, or mosey on over to Kristen's blog to see all of today's WFMW posts.

*By the way, I am in no way affiliated with Goodreads - I just happened to find their site one day and enjoy using it!


{ L } said...

Hi there! I have a reading post up on my blog today too. :) I have never heard of this site and it sounds awesome, thank you for sharing!!

TV Watching Mama said...

I got your comment on my WFMW about front loading washers. Here is the info I have from The Soap and Detergent Association (crazy... there really is such a thing) about using regular detergents in a HE washer (sorry it is kind of long). Hope this helps.

Q. What can happen if I don’t use an HE detergent in my HE washer?
A. Using a regular detergent in an HE washer can create too many suds. These suds can interfere with the washer’s washing/tumbling action by “cushioning” the laundry, thus reducing soil and stain removal performance and rinsing efficiency. These suds can also cause water and/or suds to overflow from the machine. Excess suds can also cause the washer’s pump to overheat or to add more water — this in turn can lengthen the wash cycle, thus reducing water/energy savings. These excess suds can also lead to residue buildup since they are not as easily rinsed away — and over time, they could lead to unpleasant odors, potential machine
malfunctions or damage.

Q. If suds are the problem, can I just use a smaller amount of regular laundry detergent?
A. No. Using a lesser amount of regular detergent will not alleviate the sudsing problem — and in addition, will compromise cleaning performance. That’s why HE detergents are recommended. They have a totally different formulation in order to clean your laundry effectively in low-water conditions.

Jill said...

I'm going to have to check this out. I read a lot too and can never remember what I've just read. I get too involved in the current book.
Thanks for the great resource.

Amanda said...

I have had the same problem. I hate it when I am 1/3 of the way into a book and realize that I have already read it. Or, have to start a book over a half a dozen times because I just didn't find the time to read it. I did just start, and will finish, a GREAT book. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult!

Rebekah said...

@Jill - I completely know the feeling of getting so caught up in a book! Hope this is helpful.

@Amanda - I'll have to check that book out, I'm always looking for new recommendations. Thanks!

Amanda said...

Rebekah, thanks for visiting my blog the other day. I just wanted to let you know that the Community Service Saturday carnival is up and I would love to get your feedback, comments, etc.