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Too Many Good Books!

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My list of books-to-read-sometime is growing fast. It seems as if every magazine or newspaper I read has a list of “best summer reads.” The titles range from beach reads to classics. I seldom read such a list without adding at least a handful to mine.

NPR recently had a commentary about reading. The point was if you could read two books a week and started that pattern when you were fifteen, still going strong at eighty, you would have read 6,500 books! That’s a lot of books, BUT only a tiny fraction of all the books published EACH YEAR!

None of us readers will ever read all the good books out there, all the books on our own lists. We need to relax about that – I’m talking to myself here too! – and enjoy the ones we do read. As one writer has said, “each book is a wonderful gift and you’re never going to run out of such gifts! That should be a cause for celebration, not frustration.”

Well said, I agree!

I just finished reading Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell and Tolstoy and the Purple Chair by Nina Sankovitch. Next on my reading pile is Room by Emma Donoghue followed by Please Look After Mom by Kyong-suk Sin.

What are you reading?



Posted by Ann Rohrbaugh at 07/08/2011 10:00:11 AM | 

I just started Please Look After Mom. Very somber tone for sure. But, it keeps you reading.
Posted by: JenniferC ( Email ) at 7/11/2011 10:44 AM

I couldn't agree more, Ann...that the proper reaction to information overload is to slow down and soak it in...the number of books we read has nothing to do with what we get out of them, or the quality, or how important one single book is, all by itself. I have to remind myself all the time of this. I'm also a believer in re-reading books, if you can imagine that!
Posted by: matt s ( Email ) at 7/11/2011 5:25 PM

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