What are you reading these days? This is a question I am frequently asked as most people who know me, also know that I am a true bibliophile (lover of books.) I covet books. I love the smell, the feel, the heft. Just opening a new book gives me chills of anticipation.
So, most friends are also surprised when I reply with several titles. How can you read more than one book at a time? they ask. Well, you can watch more than one television series at a time, can’t you? You watch an episode and then come back the next week to watch the next one. Then I can see the light dawn as they get what I’m saying.
I like a variety of books and subjects to read and switch off during the week. Quiet morning time is often reserved for more contemplative, deeper non-fiction. Later in the day, I escape with some fiction (many genres). And bedtime reading is, let’s just say, a wee bit boring, or at least nothing that’s going to keep me awake all night.
So this is my current reading stack.
Bronnie Ware’s The Top Five Regrets of the Dying. Since I already have more years behind me than I have before me, I mostly want to see how my life compares with others who have reached the end of theirs. There are some interesting concepts but I do find that the author wanders around a bit.
John Muir’s A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf. This is more of a journal than a bonafide book. It is scanned and has all the errors that some scanned books have. But I always find Muir a fascinating and awesome writer and person. It’s nearly incomprehensible some of the treks and adventures he made with very little in the way of supplies or equipment. Bedtime reading, for sure.
Dr. Michael Mosely The Fast Diet. The author discusses some of the science behind intermittent fasting and the research for better health and longevity. I think I like’d Dr. Jason Fung’s The Obesity Code better but this book is very readable.
James H. Rubin How to Read Impressionism: Ways of Looking. I’ve read so many books about impressionism, the period, the specific artists of the era, that I doubted there would be anything new here. However, the author approaches the subject by grouping the artists and paintings by location and subject matter more than chronologically. It’s an interesting read but I have noticed that his conclusions do not always agree with other authors. It’s loaded with color pictures and is a good reference.
Then this past weekend I indulged a guilty pleasure of zipping through two sci-fi dystopian books by Dima Zales, The Thought Readers and The Thought Persuaders. Not deep but good entertainment.
So, this is what is on my reading table these days. What is on yours?
So many books; so little time. – Frank Zappa