As promised myself to read more this year, I did some good homework in choosing what to read, when to read and with the evolving technologies and gadgets - how to read :). So what is the first step - No pat for guessing :) - Its of course goggling. But it was a lot of goggling this time. Went through most of the known websites to catch up with the trending fiction and non-fiction best sellers. I had made a list sometime back on this, but as usual missed it. So took sometime and prepared another detailed list of bestsellers over the last 10 years( I think I covered 10 years :) ). I love my list and know what to search in Landmark and Crossword this vacation.
Oh yeah, you know what - Chennai 35th Book Fair is going on!!!!! I think I have not missed this for last few years and will not this time as well :). I think I should have always plan my vacation in Jan. I have my two best buddies - My hubby and sister to accompany me who always keep an eye on the nearest exit waiting for me to say "I am done. Shall we go??? which happens after 2-3 hours on entry and their inquiry "Are you done? Shall we go??? " from the very 10-15 minutes after the entry :). This time is going to be special - Its Shravan's first Book Fair :)
I generally read a lot of non-fiction that unfolds more like a fiction and fiction as well. This time I have added a new genre to my reading list - its Cookery and Stock Market. Well, Stock Market is not something really new from the scratch - I already have two very good books. But I have compiled and saved the list of another set of books which I could buy as and when I find them in bookstores. The need/fun to explore new gravies, venture into egg less baking, satisfy my son's international appetite, learn thoroughly the authentic South-Indian cooking - food blogs was my first stop and was re-directed to books next. So stopping by Cookery section is something new I am going to do in bookstores this time.
Now I have recovered from my total ignorance of what was happening in the reading world, I am in Bliss :). But you know nobody can live in this state for a longer time :(. I adore reading books and Shravan adore tearing books - well I cant buy bound books like his :(. So how do I really safeguard my treasure knowing he is an expert in treasure hunt? Goggle again :) - I have an eye or rather ears for Audiobooks now. Reminds me to use my iTouch more. Running behind Shravan all the time and he running around house to explore new things(including finding things hidden everywhere) I thought Audiobooks would be a good choice. Well nothing can par with reading a book, feeling the grip in hand,smelling the aroma of paper,sense of owning a treasure.But I thought its time to move on to explore and be par with the technology world. Listening to somebody reading a book for you? - actually thrills me and that too when its the author him/her self. You don't have to imagine/think his/her state of mind while writing because its loud and clear from his/her tone and modulations. A change from listening to songs all the time? - Another bliss :).
Goggle again - for what this time? I cant afford Audible.com as of now :( (First, I want to explore more Second, I am still living on my savings ;) ). So a lot of research on free audiobooks sites. I have another comprehend list now :). You don't want to pay? You don't get the latest. Its that simple. But its okay, I go with the saying - learning is an ocean and I am ok as long as a learn/read (I should say listen :) I guess I will slowly get the hang of it) something new from the book.Another Goggle to find some good audiobooks. So now I am listening to a book.
I have another update w.r.t my reading resolution - More on Next about my "glorying grey Kindle". Audiobooks - Yes I know my ABC's now. Its eBooks next :)