Now that I have to leave Manchester, I have to return all my library books and cancel book reservations that are in queue. It is easy to say that all I have to do after reading a book is just to return it to the library, right? But in reality, No. Last year during my unemployment period, I made a full time job out of reading. It is my escapism and also a need to feel that I had done something worthy at home while filling up my time. My process are quite thorough. It is like this:
Phase 1 : Acquiring and picking up a book
- Look at my list of To be Read, or book reservation available for collection or buy them off the shelves.
- Decide what to read next warrants a whole topic dedicated to that selection procedure. But lets just say I decided to pick up a book.
Phase 2 : While reading
Mark on separate piece of paper for unfamiliar vocabulary, information, statements or stories that appeals to me.
Phase 3 : After reading
- Scan the pages with information, statements and stories that appeals to me (no copyright infringement, all these are for personal use).
- Check through my personal Vocab inventory if I had noted down this unfamiliar word before, if Yes, what does it mean in this new context. If No, I used my Wordweb online dictionary (better than Oxford or Collins, I must say), use the Red pen to write down the word in my vocab book, the blue for example of use, the black for the meaning of the word.
- Update my reading inventory in the spreadsheet, shelfari virtual shelves and pages titled 2009 read.
- Write a review. It used to be on my virtual bookshelf, now in my book blog.
- Upload a book image, crop if it is not the right size.
- Check spellings and read through.
- Post my review onto the blog.
- Update what I am reading now.
- Return the book to the library.
Objective of this exercise
- Keeping a record of what I have read.
- Learning new vocabularies, insights and information.
- Remembering the content of the book that I have read and how I feel about it.
- Sharing them with my friends.
I think such labourious tasks would only be done by someone as crazy about books as I am. I am not sure what are the economic and financial gains by spending too much time in this. Maybe it will change when I start work soon. 8)