A New Direction

Over the course of time, I have had quite a few different blogs with different themes and styles. My domain (www.uberfrau.net) is up for renewal. I thought about not renewing it because I haven't updated this blog since April. In the end, I decided that I'm too sentimental to let it go. I've had this website in all of its various forms for about 20 years.

As you can tell (see posts below), I gave up summarizing books back in April. I decided quickly that I preferred reading to summarizing the books in writing afterward. The entire process of writing my thoughts on the books was slowing down my reading pace! As soon as I finish a book, I have another one or two lined up to read next. Stopping to summarize and offer my pithy (I wish) thoughts was a drag.

On average, I finished a book every 4.93 days in 2019. Some of these were audiobooks (they still totally count), but most were not (I say that because audiobooks don't really count - lol). Some people read many more books than this, but others ask me how on Earth I manage to read that many books. So, I'll tell you some of how this is accomplished:

  • I am a quick reader.
  • I always have at least two books going at once. It seems to help my pace if one is fiction and the other is non-fiction. That way if I get burned out on one, a complete change tends to kick start me again.
  • I frequent the library -- weekly trip at least.
  • I wake up early to read. 
  • I read instead of watching TV. I do watch TV, but some of what used to be TV time is now reading time.
  • Sometimes I read on my lunch break. 
  • I have a reading buddy. Together we read 28 books this year. We take turns picking books so it never gets stale.
  • I listen to people for recommendations and get on rabbit trails.
  • I don't usually let myself trudge through a book I am not enjoying. 
  • I keep a paper journal of my reading -- book ideas, books I've finished, notes.
So, where does überfrau go from here? I'm not sure. I know that I won't keep summarizing everything I read. I also know that I won't keep up with documenting every vacation, event, remodel, fitness attempt, etc. But, I do like to try new things. And I like to document progress. So, stay tuned. You never know what you'll find at this blog.

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