Reading Challenges: A Bucket List

ProustThis 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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Should Reading Be a Pleasure?

classics It’s a old and tired controversy but an article from About.com started me thinking whether this question was more an evaluation of our society rather than a specific relationship between contemporary readers and their chosen texts. For the record, I have always contended that a person’s chosen reading material is highly subjective: you should read what you want to read. But the analogy is to food, eating, and nutrition: if you want to eat cream-filled sponge cake loaded with preservatives and lacking any food value, it is your fundamental right … but so is getting fat and having your teeth fall out.

So, following through with the analogy, are you happy because you enjoy the flavor of high fructose corn syrup or are you happy when you can bite into an apple and walk ten blocks to Otmar’s Iron Den (put another manhole cover on the lat machine).

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