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January 10, 2013


Carol Jo

I usually have 3 books going at once... one in the "reading room" (usually short stories), one on my Kindle (mainly for reading in bed), and one audio book on my iPod or Walkman (to read while doing housework, or exercising etc). They all must be the kind of book you are talking about, Steve. I use Nancy Pearl's Rule of 50: "If you still don't like a book after slogging through the first 50 pages, set it aside. If you're more than 50 years old, subtract your age from 100 and only grant it that many pages." Works for me.


Great suggestions. To add to the browsing recommendation, I suggest finding a good library and browsing their new-book section. The librarians have already combed through the reviews and have picked the good stuff and the books expected to be popular successes. I use this especially for nonfiction.

Steve Leveen

Excellent methods! Carol Jo, I love your triple practice--books in each format going at once. And Brigitte, I could not agree more to tap into the professionals of reading--our beloved librarians. Keep the Book Love going...Steve

Ray Silva

1. friends almost always read low grade popular tripe;
2. often not at all easy to find "wise" readers; better to start with the great books classics;
3. totally disagree - read book first, you'll learn that your imagination beats ANY Hollywood production...ANY;
4. audiobooks and Kindlebooks are useless for really good reading - you can't have a dialogue, as you can when you have a paper book and can highlight and write notes in margins;
5. browsing OK, but will never help you find what is really great reading;
6. some great TED talks & also some real crap; get hold of Great Books Syntopicon - better than all this advice put together;
7. same as about audiobooks & kindlebooks.

Fred Putnam

Having a pile of "books to read" is even better than a list, because the book is sitting right to hand. I have five or six roughly topical piles, that shrink or grow as I pursue different subjects or genres.

One more suggestion: If you recall having really enjoyed a book, read it again--you will quickly discover if it is a "keeper" (what I call a "lifetime" book) or was merely a book "of the moment" (one that suited your needs or interests when you read it, but that you have now outgrown). And if you find that you enjoy reading it again, look for other things by the same author. In this way I have gradually accumulated and read nearly everything written by, e.g., Josef Pieper and C. S. Lewis, among others.

Ann Streetman

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I have developed a habit that I originally thought was bad-I leave books in piles all over my home and in my car. My original thought on this habit was that it was untidy, but as I grow so wise with age I realize that a little clutter is good, especially when it provides an opportunity to pick up a book at any free moment and read. I keep small piles of books and periodicals in various areas-by my bed (so much better than tv in the bedroom), by my favorite chair where I grab morning coffee and devotional time, in the den in a basket by the sofa, and so on. Guess what? This past year as I embraced a little bit of clutter, I started reading more and enjoying more variety in my reading. Loving the path to the well read life. Thanks, Steve!

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