The subject has come up in several venues and I found it a useful exercise to consider all the things one might engage in to pass the time while living in isolation from the shadow of the Covid-19 pandemic.
First, I have a literary bucket list gathering many of those big fat, possibly difficult books I know I should read but never seem to have the time or the inclination. Do you have a bucket list too? Maybe now is a good time to start one. There’s a good chance that, despite all his best efforts, Der Drump (Dishonest John) will not kill us all off and we might truly make a dent in that scary ol’ bucket list.
So what to do while avoiding social contact?
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I might be jumping the gun a little bit here but realizing that November only has 30 days and that I hope to read, amongst others, Gaddis’s The Recognitions, Dumas’s The Count of Monte Cristo, and the final volume of Dos Passos’s U. S. A. Trilogy, The Big Money, I decided needed an extra day or two.
So I stopped reading from the October list, moved most of the titles from October to November (to at least suggest I still intend to read them) and dropped in several new titles I had been considering for the November pool. Thus, some old and some new but moreover a commitment to reading a few of the big fat ones that have eluded me too long.
Continue reading “It’s November Already?”
This afternoon while reviewing the many books on my iPad and my computer, I started to fill in a few book titles for the June timeframe and remembered that I had suggested reading Women and Men that month. Then I thought about my other literary challenges, many of which have been around for thirty years or more. So I decided to make a short list on a convenient index card to clip over my head at my desk. The idea is to cross out the titles I have read before the index card turns yellow and disintegrates.
Sometimes when I make a priority list I get carried away and the “To Read Next” list ends up 40 or 50 books long. Today I’m being more selective and hopefully will have a short list of 5 or 6 books that I reasonably will get read before the end of the year (along with all my regular reading items).
What would you put on the list? Do you have 5 or 6 novels you have always wanted to read but never found the time? Compare your list to mine:
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