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sandokai asks: What are some books you haven't read but want to read someday and why do you want to read them someday?

I will admit I want to read more classics, but not now. They can wait for if I happen to get old or something. Right now my reading list is a balance between two genres:

1) Work books about management, business and innovation for those great AH HA! ideas that explain everything about the organization I live in. I really do enjoy most of them, but they are work.

2) Lighter but fast-paced stories to balance out those work books.

Most everything in my life right now has to be a quick read. It's true I finally read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, it was definitely a "I will read this someday" book, it had to hold that status for like 15 years until I finally read it though. It's a tough list to be on.

I really try to avoid making promises to books. I tell this story a lot - when I got out of college I had time to read and money for books so I bought books. My nightstand started piling up. Suddenly reading felt like an obligation, and I was constantly reminded that I had this wish list of books that exceeded my life expectancy. It wasn't fun. So I stopped buying books and started just borrowing them and going to the library. I knew I had to give the books back so they weren't allowed to pile on my nightstand, it was either read this and get it done, or send it back. No book was allowed to hang over me like a cloud.

I like reading what ever book comes to me at the moment, whatever's in my little free library, whatever title a friend casually recommends. I don't like to plan my reading.

Should I read Hemingway? Faulkner? Tolstoy? Kurt Vonnegut? James Joyce? Maybe. Not now.

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May. 21st, 2016 04:03 pm (UTC)
Of that list, Vonnegut is the only one I'd actively encourage. There are somewhat more modern classics that, I feel, have more to say to us.
May. 21st, 2016 06:02 pm (UTC)
To me, it's so funny to see Vonnegut listed with the classics. To me, he was a popular writer churning out popular books that my friends and I actively read as they came out. Most of his stuff is easy to read, especially the earlier books. I would go so far as to put some of them into the "lighter and fast-paced" category. Those other authors you list require much more effort to read, in my opinion.

All hail public libraries. I used to buy books too, until I realized I have finite space and finite finances. I love going to the library and getting an armful of books and knowing that I don't have to read them or can read them, as it suits my mood. I do admit to "extending" them online as long as they'll let me extend them, sometimes three or four months -- unless I've finished reading them.
May. 22nd, 2016 01:20 am (UTC)
I am terrible at stock-piling books. I have gotten better, but I have a rather large stack of horse training-related books that I will eventually get through... if I can stop adding more interesting ones to the pile! Granted for those books I don't do the library because I mark and make notes in the margins, read them over or get back to that one good passage, and loan them to clients so they can read them and get at some things I might not be able to as quickly with weekly sessions.

BUT! If I were reading more fiction I'd definitely make better use of the library.
May. 22nd, 2016 05:46 am (UTC)
When I was younger I stressed myself out trying to somehow cram a huge reading list into one lifetime. Yeah, that's not fun. Now I go to the library, and pick up whatever looks interesting that day, and don't worry about what comes next--I'll decide when I get to it.
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