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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Is This the End of Ricovid?

Where is Eddie Robinson when you need him? Yeah.

It’s been a long and difficult year; but it has been good for reading. I finished the year with over 300 titles on my list of books read and I even found a number of them well worth recommending. I also made daily suggestions for reading that have piqued my interest and, as I freely admit, I seldom get around to reading myself. After all, there’s only so many hours in the day and the Netflix monster gobbles up many of the choicest minutes.

But we now have several promising vaccines to counteract the virus and HBO Max is showing first-run movies to counteract the shutdown. Life is short but always remember, Clarissa is long. You’d better get to reading.

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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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