Will I Read Any of These … Soon?

imgresThis is the list of suggested titles from the month of October. It is significant because It occurs following the two months of suggested reading I used to fill out this month’s Reading Pool. So the question is: Will I work a few of these titles into my next month’s reading pool?

Could be. You might have notice that I included many recently published works on my suggested list whereas not so many up-to-date titles in my regular monthly reading pool. The dilemma is that there are so many older and even classic books I have yet to read and at the same time world-wide publishers are tempting me with more and more new stuff.

How can I choose?

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Twenty More

images-1.jpgI received several comments to my first list of twenty authors to add to your reading list, mostly suggesting additional authors I had not mentioned. In one case I responded that I actually had the suggested author on my list but I lost it when I reduced the list to only twenty names.

Since then I have realized that I have more than twenty additional authors who should be recognized and added to all those more traditional reading lists. For now I offer yet another twenty valuable writers I have found stimulating and I highly recommend them to everyone.

You might not recognize some of the authors but several are actually quite well known and often highly rewarded writers. Notice that this list focuses on writers who probably did not write originally in English. Of course translations are generally available but I also want to encourage those who are able to read the original language, even if with great difficulty, to read the original as it was written by the author.

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Predictions or Wishes

download.pngYet another month has waved a fascinating bundle of reading at me and deep in my heart I know I will never get to experience all that literate goodness. But wait: perhaps I should dedicate a month’s reading pool to the very books I have been suggesting to other people.

Whoa! Actually read the books I recommend others read? What a concept!

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What To Read This Month?

images.jpgThis was the month I intended to only select a half-dozen large and demanding books and blow off the lesser novels which so often interfere with the big fat ones I have been putting off for years. I started with five fat ones but then added a few very tempting texts with more manageable page counts. Then I added a few more and soon I was caught in the cycle of posting works I really wanted to read as opposed to works I really should read.

Is reading A Man Without Qualities and crossing off yet another book from my bucket list more satisfying than ready three of four novels from other authors around the world?

It was a struggle but I opted for continued variety and a promise that I will try to work at least one bucket list tome into each month’s reading pool. This month there are actually three titles that may earn me the dubious satisfaction of having read something great and challenging: The Golden Notebook, They Were Counted, and Frog.

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