The problem with books, for me is that more I read the more I want to read and there appears to be an unlimited supply. There are event plys of ways I can find more books to read and att to my ‘To Read List’

  • Many of the books I read recommend other books which I often add to my ‘To Read List’.
  • I often recommend books to people and they kindly recommend books back to me sometimes even multiple at a time
  • If I like an author I like to read their other books ()so I won’t start reading any of these [‘prolific authors’](”Prolific authors on wikipedia”) Note 1

One of my goals for 2015 is to read 24 books (2 a month). There are many ways I consume the written (and read word) including:

  • Paperbacks – I love books and one of the best thing about them is that your you can lend then to people and give them away
  • Kindle – I don’t read my Kindle as much as I should. It is great
  • Audiobooks – I have subscriptions to Audible and I easily consume a book or 2 a month

Managing all of the books is becoming a bit of an issue and there are some great solutions out there. The two big sites are Goodreads and Shelfari which have both been purchased by Amazon.


Goodreads has been going a long time and appears to have a great community.

Phil Oakley on Goodreads


Shelfari is by far the most visually pleasing and also has some embed options:

Phil Oakley on Shelfari

Kindle Profile

If you have a Kindle Account you will also have a Kindle Reader Profile

Phil Oakley on Amazon Kindle

Note 1:

I have read some, mainly fiction, authors in the past who have been quite prolific:
Isaac Asimov – Wrote nearly 500 books
Stephen King – 54 novels and counting plus many other writings
Iain (and M.) Banks – about 30 books before his untimely death

audible uk logoI have been a member of Audible UK the online audiobook club since 2005 and have had 2 books a month every month since (so somewhere I have well over 100 audiobooks). I love the audiobooks especially on long drives (which I can do many of) and have never run out of options. So when they asked for applications to their new ‘Audible Champion’ program I read the terms and conditions and completed an application.

I was chosen for the program where we are asked to promote Audible. I have no problem promoting the service because I have used and loved Audible for years and think that Audiobooks are a fantastic way to fill dead time whether thats driving, in the gym or mowing the lawn.

So you may see links and recommendations to Audible and their products all of which will be my honest opinion. For full disclosure for being an Audible Champion I will receive 3 months free subscription to Audible approx. £45 in total as I am on the two book a month subscription. I do not have any direct financial gain from anyone taking a free trial or even taking up a full subscription but may be considered for future promotions. The program is a little like a competition with a group of people picked to promote Audible engage in tasks.

The most important thing is that I do believe that the offer of a free no obligation trial with a free book you can keep is actually very good. If you are interested just go to –