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October 7th, 2009 - written by Brian Utley

Is this the end of my resolution? I’m reading 6 books right now and I’m not even remotely close to finishing any of them. Nor am I interested in doing so. I have the attention span of a 5 y/o and it’s not swell.

None of these books have captured my attention which I’m beginning to think is not the books’ fault. Just a quick note saying this could be it. :(


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  1. Zach
    October 8th, 2009 at 12:11 | #1

    Don’t give up Brian! Give up all 6 books and find something fresh and inspiring! You never said you had to finish every *single* book you started! You are at 41 . . . only 11 more!

    How about – “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” . . . a story about a 15 year old poor village boy in Africa who found a book with pictures of a windmill and set out to build one on his own to help power his home. Against incredible odds . . . he accomplishes his goal. Seems fitting.

    http://williamkamkwamba.typepad.com/

  2. October 8th, 2009 at 23:48 | #2

    Thanks buddy, that’s exactly what I’m gonna do. I’ve tackled NurtureShock really well today, almost halfway through. Once that is done I’m thinking of sticking to Hemingway, Steinbeck, and maybe David Foster Wallace. Finish STRONG. I’ll probably drop everything else despite having completed a combined 300+ pgs between the other 5 books.

    The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind is in my “Save For Letter” section on the Kindle. It DOES look interesting.

    Back to the books…

  3. Ja_ke_
    October 18th, 2009 at 13:56 | #3

    Life is too short and way too many books… so, if you have given them a good start it is more productive to replace them with something you will get gratification and/or learn something…

    I read mostly non-fiction self help, business, marketing, leadership, sales, etc… I have a method before i purchase (in a book store) to ‘rate’ if i will purchase: (no particular order)

    1. read cover, back cover, endorsments (check authors actual experience vs academics – i am suspicous if person has never run a business and claims to be an expert if only has been a professor etc)
    2. Read chapter contents thoroughly
    3. browse intro
    4. thumb through book and look for bullet points, quotes, tables, charts, captions, margin notes etc to get a jist of book
    5. read chapter headings – bold print
    6. read a few sentences in chapters that get my attention from contents
    7. look for author notes at end of book
    8. check when it was printed, if it is a new printing (extension/re-release)
    9. look to see what other books author has written
    10. see if any other of author’s books are on the shelf and check them also – sometimes it leads me to buy a ‘predeccesor book’ first and then come back to this book later
    11. sometimes i do what you’ve done is decide i want the book and either take a photo of cover or enter isbn # into my pda and then look to buy it used, or get it through http://www.paperbackswap.com (you list books you are willing to part with and earn credits then you can request free book in ‘stock’ by other users – only postage when sending is your cost)
    12. read online reviews (on Amazon)- with reserve as many are flawed or political charged and under attack
    13 sometimes tho i find that perfect book at the store and just have to get it then ;>)

    I’ve got close to thousand books in my library and haven’t read them all -some i may never read (get lots at yardsales, Goodwill etc cheap) but am always reading so I don’t ever feel like i ‘owe it to the book’ to read it..

    have you ever figured out that you have 2 or 3 of the same title that you ‘keep buying’ cuz you see them at a yardsale etc? great for giving to friends… (not like the book on conspriracy theory ;>)

    cheers,

    jake

  1. October 9th, 2009 at 23:20 | #1
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