If you ask that question, I suspect you’ve already decided against it.
But for a few of us, not reading would be intellectual and spiritual prison. Complete incarceration.
As is my pattern, I have deviated a bit from my regimen I designed.
Some writers came into my life that I thought I felt I had to read early this year. And so, my ‘scheduled’ books got pushed to the right a bit.
But I’m still on track.
So far in 2023, I’ve fallen in love (again for some volumes … like Melville’s masterpiece and, of course, one of my “bromances,” Charles Dickens) with certain books/stories/plays/poems, but here’s a glimpse at some of those I’ve been through in January 2023:
- Carson McCullers’ The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
- Harry Crews’ The Mulching of America
- Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick
- Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls
- Collection: The Greatest Stories of Anton Chekhov
- Cormac McCarthy’s The Passenger
- Cormac McCarthy’s Stella Maris
- Thomas Wolfe’s Look Homeward, Angel
- Charles Dickens’ Little Dorrit (still reading)
- Ligonier Ministries: A Field Guide On False Teaching
I’m working through Hawthorne’s oeuvre, as well as some of my war stories and books about soldiers and war, of which I never seem to tire, especially WWI and Vietnam, two wars where you could smell your ‘enemy’ and see his pupils.
If you’re a reader, I know we’re the minority, but people remember Plato, Calvin, and Shakespeare. They don’t remember who’s trending on the world wide dread, I mean, web. Sorry, not sorry.
Press on, bibliophiles.
The written word abides.