Those Daily Reading Suggestions

ReadingOkay. I was away for a week or so and didn’t bother keeping the website up-to-date. New posts shriveled up and daily suggestions were static until I got home and began to catch up (there was a lot of email, etc. so I was very busy). This means that the June list of suggested reading selections might seem somewhat new in part since the daily selections were never posted while I was away enjoying my new grand-daughter who is rapidly reaching toddler level in tantrums and ear-piercing goat screams.

But just because I didn’t post the selections doesn’t mean they were without merit. Here are the June reading suggestions, some familiar, some brand new.

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June Is For Women and Men

McElroyYes, this is the month I decided to re-attack Joseph McElroy’s oversized and complex novel, Women and Men. Given the recent collapse of my dedication to reading caused by Netflix serials and the sad state of my eyes for reading, this will be a monumental task that may reduce my completed reading accomplishments this month to less-than one book. At the very least I will live with the pain of holding this tome while I’m reading.

But I’m optimistic enough to actually have created a standard size reading pool of 25 novels I might read over the next few weeks. Then again, there’s still a few years of Shameless and House of Cards waiting for me on Netflix, not to mention a good half-dozen Japanese slasher movies for my late-night enjoyment (how do they attach those chain-saws to replace their missing limbs?).

Since I might not conquer the list this month, I suspect I’ll see most of it returning in July. Then again, that assumes that I’m not still reading McElroy.

Reading Pool for June 2015

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A Carefully Chosen List of Random Reading

readAnother month and another thirty or so books that have been recommended or at least suggested for those well-thought-out reading lists. Actually, I was surprised that I uncovered so many interesting books: so many that I have several waiting for posting in June (and quite a few that I’m looking forward to reading as soon as possible).

A recent post referred to on this weblog suggested that best of lists are possibly sinful but I hope that everyone realizes that suggested reading is not a best-of event. I suppose it would be sublimely glorious if each of us read books from the top down—the best novel first followed by the second-best novel until years and years later you had only Stephen King left to read—and were protected from frivolous fiction or books of dubious value. But life is not like that. You must read the good with the bad, otherwise you will never hone your little gray cells to learn and appreciate the good stuff.

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