A writers’ prompt got me thinking about my reading list. The actual question is “What are you reading?”. Well … nothing. My readling list is littered with books once started and twice discarded. I have read a book all the way through in quite a few years. I am not sure why this happened but I have a clue that it might be due to the web. I read a lot of web content. I read long form and short form content on blogs and technical news sites. I’ve allowed the now to distract me. I’ve resolved several times to fix this situation. But I never do. Another thing I need to do but just can’t seem to get started.

So here’s what’s on my reading list. But I haven’t ready much of it.

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You can find my list on Goodreads.

One of the consequences of Readmill shutting down is that I've lost track of my reading progress for any of the books I was reading along with my annotations. I am a victim of the ease of use of electronic books and book readers.

Readmill does offer a way to export reading data. But machine readable XML and JSON formatted data is useless unless that data can be imported somewhere.

These files are primarily for programmers. Export user info, followers, followings, readings, highlights, reviews, comments and likes on your highlights and reviews, and highlights you liked into JSON and XML files.

What the fuck are regular readers supposed to do with that shit? But really, what are programmers supposed to do with that shit?

The most useful file I exported is a CSV file with my reviews and reading history. I imported this data to my Goodreads profile. At least I can still read my books.

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it. Buddha via Ted Gonder at Svbtle

Think for yourself.