October 28, 2013

The Reading System...

I seem to share sporadically about reading endeavors but I don't think I have really ever explained why I read the way I do.  Someone out there might be curious so here goes...

I read something from the Bible every morning... first thing.  If I am not doing an official Bible study with a group of ladies I will choose a book (from either OT or NT... usually something shorter while I wait for a study to start back up) or work through Psalms and Proverbs as I feel the need to do so.

I also have a Christian based book going with that and will read some in it each day after I do Bible study.  Stuff like C.S. Lewis, R.C. Sproul and Pilgrim's Progress this year but I am hoping to add some female writers in this next month.  I have the Worn Out Woman on the bedside table for this week and it is by Dr. Steve Stephens and Alice Gray.  I picked it up at a used bookstore.  Those are my favorite places to find books, btw.

I do those two first thing in the morning.

Later in the day I usually have some kind of non-fiction topical book on random topics... farming, blogging, photography, cooking, biography, memoir, etc... I read this a few days a week and process info as I go.  If it is a resource type book I consult what I need when I need it.  I try and do this over lunch or whenever I am out and about and need to have a book with me.  

I have been slack with fiction this year... actually, I have read ZERO fiction this year and need to remedy that.  I used to read fiction at bedtime... I am hoping to start that again in November and read through some holiday type stuff or some other fiction that has been sitting in the TBR pile forever.  I have also been known to read fiction in the middle of the afternoon with tea and a sit down time.

I will merely say that I am picky about my poetry... I will hurt someone's feelings if I say more on that so I won't.

My reading varies from hardback to paperback and now to digital format with a NOOK and a Kindle in my possession.  I read from my shelves and I visit the library on occasion.  I pick through shelves at a used bookstore a few times per year and order online if I need something obscure in a pinch.

I am a member of a small group that meets on Sunday evenings to discuss theological stuff and we are just finishing up Knowing Scripture by R.C. Sproul.  I highly recommend it.  I am not sure what we will read next but I promise to share when I do.

I also read cookbooks like they are fiction but since they are not fiction they don't get me out of the doghouse on reading fiction this year.  I still love them!

At any given time I will have between and 3 and 6 books going... it is a sickness.  I am stumped as to how to stop this behavior.  I am not even really sure I want to try to stop.  LOL  I am sure some psychiatrist could tell me why but I don't really care.

So, how do you read?

What do you read?

What is your favorite kind of book to read?

Do you have a system?

Please feel free to share in the comments...

1 comment:

  1. The kindle has been both good and bad...I'm mostly digital these days, unless I can only get a book in phyical form. According to my organizing system in the kindle, the ratio of fiction to Christian non-fiction I've read since getting it is about 4:1. Most of the unread stuff is Christian non-fiction.

    It just takes longer to read non-fiction, LOL, and I need to think when I read it. I seem to be in the middle of at least two books at all times. At the moment, I'm working though Randy Alcorn's Money, Possessions and Eternity as well as the reissue of his and his wife's Help for Women Under Stress. No fiction in process at the moment.

    There's no rhyme or reason to what/how/when/where I read, though I try to read some every day (commercials during TV shows, even). I am very good about "shelving" the books in my folders on the kindle after I've read them, so at least I know I've finished it.