Day One: Book Related Confessions
April at Good Books and Good Wine
April at Good Books and Good Wine has come up with a 15 Day Book Blogging Challenge as a way to get out of blogging doldrums. Well, actually, she did this last July. As my blogging doldrums stretch out into September this seemed like a good opportunity to refocus and restart the habit. Day One is book related confessions. Here are mine:
I never read the Introduction.
My favorite way to read a book is in one sitting, even long ones. However, I rarely have the chance to do this anymore.
I cannot read one book at a time. In any given week I’m making progress on half a dozen books and have a “waiting to get back to” pile of at least twice that. In fact I’m almost finished reading Schopenhauer’s Fourfold Root of Sufficient Reason, which I started in May of 2009. I may have to start that one over.
Proust’s Recherché and Tolstoy’s War and Peace are two of my favorite books. The first time I read them I skipped over most of the plot so that I could get to the “boring parts” which I read over and over.
After many attempts I still don’t like Jane Austen. But I haven’t given up yet. I keep thinking when I’m older and more mature it will all make sense to me.
I am highly suspicious of anyone who writes novels and is still alive. In my experience that is a bad combination and it rarely works out well.
When someone asks for a good book to take to the beach the first thing that comes to mind is Wittgenstein.