Books Endure. News … Not So Much

images.jpgLooking back at January: a new year of reading and oft overlooked reading suggestions. I actually read a few of the works on this list while they were still in the news. I notice that a couple of the titles were of that genre often considered non-fiction (wink wink) and it’s good that I have read them before they turned dated and uninteresting.

Although I enjoyed these very contemporary views on the current corruption in both government and in the oil fields, I must admit that for the most part they at best provided me with a clear depiction of things I already knew, albeit in one compact volume with a lot of extra detail.

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Mollusks I Have Suggested

download.jpgCan you imagine the height that my To-Be-Read book pile would be if I was to add every book I suggest each day? Despite needing a flashing red light to warn off unsuspecting aircraft, I probably wouldn’t be able to find any one title I decided to read in the future.

Actually, this has always been a problem. Many years ago I realized that I needed a way to catalogue my collection of unread books and to document as I read them. The advent of home computers and easy-to-use database programs made this fairly easy and the growth of the internet and smart phones has allowed me to access key information on my reading wherever I am.

But even if I can identify a book I want t read, I never can seem to find it easily on my bookshelves, so an inordinately tall TBP stack might not be so different.

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Susperia de Profundis

images.jpgI read so many different titles last month that adding a listof suggested reading seems like overkill. Then again, I have myself read few of the suggested books so maybe I should take my own suggestions.

Right now, however, I am torn between three basic avenues of reading: first I am having a lot of fun reading all that genre fiction I have eschewed through the years, specifically detective and mystery stories; second, as my remaining years beckon, I find there are so many classical or otherwise challenging books I have yet to read; and finally there are just so many books and stories out there that I know I will never come close to catching up and promise me get a taste of an almost limitless variety of literature—a veritable smorgasbord of reading.

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Forty Mike Shaynes Equals Two George Eliots

imagesLooking back over last month’s collection of suggested reading I am struck by the high number of titles I want to see on in personal reading pool without too much delay. This brings up a perpetual problem in my reading plans.

There are, perhaps, four major themes in my reading which are currently demanding to receive the greatest part of my attention. Right now I am happily reading one detective story after another, always with a sense of fun and entertainment, but never without a sense of sacrificing the last months and years left to me to less than enlightening literature. So maybe I need to concentrate on classical novels for a while: all those Victorians that once were societies entertainments but now are fodder for university study. Continue reading