Luck & Nature (Books as Snack Food, part two!)

by Megan M. on January 3, 2009 · View Comments (Blog) |

I feel like the luckiest kid in the world. I’m obsessed with reading material and I have access to reading material. I’m not in the best of financial situations, but I am still able to further my own development by buying great books—about business, about people, about the world. And I have a little bit of cash left over to spend picking up fiction I once loved on eBay. (Isn’t it crazy and wonderful that I can say, “Man, I want to reread those Spenser novels, but I don’t want to spend a ton of money getting each one shipped individually. I wonder if someone’s selling some old copies all together…” and actually find them? At a ridiculously awesome price?)

I can imagine being in worse positions. If I had absolutely no funds available for book buying, there’s the internet, there are a bunch of great libraries around Austin, I have friends who are happy to lend me books. Of course, this way I get to dog-ear and mark up my copies to make them lessons, make them mine, and learn more from them (something that’s proven invaluable over many years). I have a hard time imagining not being interested in new information, or just not enjoying reading. I tend to think I do well at imagining myself in someone else’s shoes, but that’s somewhere that’s very hard for me to go.

As a consequence of recent events, I say I’m solid on reading material for the next six months. A few more !MBA / business books are on the way, and the Spenser lot should hold me for fiction for a little while. (Those are short, sweet, and SUPER awesome.) But I’ve already got a good thirty books in three piles sitting next to me, and I’m planning my information attack for the next few weeks. I am stoked!

In addition to all that, I’m playing with Delicious Library and I joined Goodreads (we’ll see how that goes). Feel free to friend me if you use it too—possible book discussion venue!

I hope you’re having as great a day as I am!

  • Megan M.
    @Kyeli - That makes me BONKERS happy.
  • Kyeli
    Of course, this way I get to dog-ear and mark up my copies to make them lessons, make them mine, and learn more from them (something that’s proven invaluable over many years).

    I used to not be allowed to do this. I am now going to start doing it to every book I read whenever the urge hits me.

    FREEDOM! *dance*
  • Megan M.
    I completely didn't realize that you were in College Station -- freaking awesome! When we have another Austin Triiibes meet, maybe we can have it when you're in town!

    I like Delicious Library a lot... but I'm still trying to figure out whether it's worth $40 to me. I think it might be (a couple of friends just rave about it) but I'm still determining exactly what functionality it's going to have if I pay for it. I need to go read more about whether more functionality than the number of books I can add is limited by the free version. It was QUITE slick to add books too, though. LOVED that part!

    I think the big question for me is whether it will let me import / export with Goodreads -- it says it should, but I haven't been able to actually do it yet. If it does that I'll probably pick it up. I'm a fan of easy-to-use software.
  • Chris Allison

    What is delicious library like? I've been using Goodreads. Glad to hear you're getting to read =)

    I was actually in Austin today with my girlfriend and one of her friends that lives there, we ate at Chuy's.
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