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blackbootz  ·  601 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: May 25th, 2017 was a day meant for a book thread.

My academic semester ended two days ago. I can't wait to crack into my reading list.

I have 467 items in my Amazon "Saved For Later" list, 90% of them books. When I look over that list, I find that the impetus that brought me to setting the book aside in the first place has diminished in some cases. But I want to order them all anyway. Nick Hornby, in Ten Years in the Tub, a chronicle of his journey through a decade’s worth of books, made the observation that the shelves holding all that you've not yet read constitute your aspirational self. I apparently want to be an economist with a clear-eyed look at every social ill that befalls us. It's sad that I have no fiction in the last 50 books I've added.

Up next is A Conflict of Visions, a look into why people tend to cluster on opposite sides of apparently unrelated issues.

kleinbl00  ·  600 days ago  ·  link  ·  

You need a triage strategy, son.

- rather than "saved for later" you need multiple lists. I have "Kindle fiction that interests me" "paper fiction that interests me" "hobbies and dreams" "sci fi research" and the like.

- whenever you have a long trip or a boring stretch, download five or six samples to your kindle (which cost almost nothing used). read enough to determine whether you like it or not. If not, yay! It's off your list. If you do, library it or buy it.

It's been my experience that about a third of the stuff I think I'll be interested in, turns out, well, I have better things to do with my time.

blackbootz  ·  598 days ago  ·  link  ·  

My triage strategy is nonexistent. I love systems. I'll try this one.

lil  ·  600 days ago  ·  link  ·  

How can I see your book list on Amazon?

blackbootz  ·  598 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I can't find a way to share the book list, which is just my shopping cart moreorless. One would think Amazon would be better about sharing that sort of thing.

If I can export the list, I'll send you one.