"So many books, so little time" ― Frank Zappa
Growing up in the 60's, I remember sentiments of the day like: “Everything that could be invented has been invented” or “God is dead." That was before the first IBM computer and way before personal computers, the internet, the God particle. Fortunately for me and the rest of the world, there were books.
The first books that I read as a child were fairy tales. I read every book of fairy tales that were housed in our school library in Sandy Spring, Maryland. They were the hook that drew me to reading. I think that they also probably warped my thinking a bit, but oh well. So what if I do like Dr. Who, and believe there should be a book out there called “Everything I Ever Needed to Know I Learned Watching Star Trek?"
“To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries." - A. C. Grayling, Financial Times (in a review of A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel)
Maybe there are some of you out there who don't have time to join a physical book club, as I do not seem to, but like the idea of discussing the ideas found in books with others besides DH.
My current interests in reading run the gamut from authors researching and writing about topics such as food and health, science, the mind-body connection, social and political trends to gardening and cooking and crafts. But for this, I will stick to the former. I also follow a few podcasts, but not planning to go into those here either.
I do not have a preset agenda when it comes to finding the next thing to read... I just keep my ears open, hear about some book from a friend or a podcast or a Charlie Rose interview, read other books written by a fantastic author or maybe browse the new material at the library. If the idea of a book grabs me, I try to get it and read it and pass it on to DH to read before the loan period expires.
So, if you are still reading this blog, and this concept seems interesting to you, I invite you to join me in a discussion of some of the information in these books we are reading. I look forward to what eventuates!
“You're the same today as you'll be in five years except for the people you meet and the books you read.” - Charlie “Tremendous” Jones