Out with the 2018 Suggestions

download-1.jpgMaking a suggestion for reading every day is changing from a fun task into a frightening job. I want to read so many books and I’m gradually slowing down more and more. But what’s even scarier, I’m finding myself staring at the latest episode of Mr. Robot with no desire or apparent ability to raise my arms or alter my focus.

Back  in the days of my more youthful reading, especially those highly esteemed and musty old tomes, I would treat my lack of enthusiasm by reading a few titles of popular fiction such as mystery novels or even some hopefully quality science fiction. The key is to limit the number of books of this sort because poplar fiction generates tedium and dulls the brain much faster than more classical reading. But like sugary desserts, the first few bites are exquisite even though in short order the whole thing caramelizes your tongue and makes your teeth hurt.

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Speaking of Suggested Reading

images-1.jpgSuggested Reading: What does that mean to me?

Before there were ebooks, I often added to my personal suggested reading list by slowly walking up and down the aisles at the local Big Box Bookstore. Using this technique I would be attracted by the name of the author, the splashy cover art, the brief synopsis on the inside cover, or whether the book was on too low a shelf for my rapidly aging body to comfortably reach.

When local public libraries went online, I lost most of the triggers a book in my hand provided. But the online library allowed me to have a month full of reading waiting for me with a rubber band around it sitting on a will-call shelf near the front door of the library. Generally I heard about an author or a new title, checked if the library had obtained the title, and scheduled a quick visit in the next few days.

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August Reading

images-1.jpgThis month I have gone back through the suggested reading list of the first half of the year and selected twenty titles I should read to take my own suggests. I did this last year and it was quite successful; this year I’m not as optimistic.

My mind hasn’t been focused on reading the last few weeks. I’m getting around better and better but my eyes are still sketchy so I have been ensnared in bingeing on Netflix and HBO series watched on my computer or even my iPhone. For some reason Harry Bosch or Billy McBride or OITNB keeps me staring at the computer with only short pauses for Bill Maher and John Oliver.

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The Light (and Books) Ahead

images-1Big announcement: I am progressing in my Physical Therapy and can now use my cane for added stability (leaving the walker behind) and have even negotiated the stairs I need to go up to the big kitchen and have real meals with the family.

I still ache a bit but now I can sit at my desk for hours so it’s becoming easier to read as long as I focus on digit editions.

I’m getting better!

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