Future Hit List

lead_720_405There are actually a few titles on last month’s list of suggestions to try that I added to my own private list for reading in the near future. Which ones? Well, one is very fat, one is pretty funny in a twisted way, and at least two have been hanging around way too long and need to be read.

I note that more and more non-fiction titles are making the daily suggest list, despite the fact that there is no such thing as non-fiction. As I think about it, these non-fiction books are attractive to me because of their ability to teach us new things. Of course this can only follow after fiction has taught us how to think in the first place.

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May My Reading Keep Me Young

download-4.jpgThe year is rapidly running down and soon I will have over 350 reading suggestions that make me panic. Time is running out. Sitting here in my office I scan the double files of books on my built-in bookshelves and realize that I will never read them all. Time is running out. If I stop and think about it, I’m torn between reading as many of the classical novels as I can fit in or concentrating on the more entertaining books that would probably be more fun to read.

So which would you opt for, Henry James or Mickey Spillane, the Venerable Bede or Agatha Christie? Do novels that are older than you, telling stories about a world longago keep you young, relatively, or are new books with modern problems and hip language force you to keep up with a younger group of readers and the topics that are of current interest?

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I Put a Pin in Suggested Reading

images-1.jpgI have recommended reading selections each month for the first half of the year and it’s time to go back through the lists and select a representation of recommendations that I’ll use to build my August reading list. I did this once before and it was effectively introduced me to some wonderful reading as well as keeping me honest and grounded in the books I recommend each month.

Here is the list for June 0f 2018. Now I must look back from  January through June to create next month’s reading pool.

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Do You Remember March?

images-4.jpgI already mentioned that I pretty-well lost the month of April laying on my back in a rehabilitation center. It wasn’t too bad: I almost finished the March reading list. But being unable to post over the internet, I was unable to recommend any new titles to read during April.

This is actually a recap of the suggested reading from March. It seems so long ago.

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