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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Once Again …

images-1.jpg… not all of the February reading suggestions I had intended were actually posted on this weblog. Quelle dommage! Just so no one misses out on my musings during the month of February, I’ll publish the complete list (I do this anyway, even if I’m always punctual posting my suggestions).

You might not have noticed but I have been slipping several newer texts into my reading list, texts that often were included in recent suggestion lists. I suspect I’ll need a few more months reading books that haven’t hit the remainders stack yet, but so far I’m not enthused by the state of today’s new publications.

I will suggest, however, that a lot of the literature coming out of Africa, the Middle East, and South America, is a better route to good reading than sticking to American or British books. I suppose Joseph Roux put it in perspective: “Literature was formerly an art and finance a trade; today it is the reverse.” This, of course, pertains to much of what we consider the Western World. The Capitalism monster even devours literature.

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