I love books.

Seems like all my life I have loved books….and when I was young, I had such few books that I had read all that I owned, and in some cases had read them many times.

Yet, as I got older I noticed that my “love of books” became more of a “love of buying books” and less of a “love to read books”. Don’t get me wrong….I still love to read. It’s just that I seem to buy many many more books than I ever get around to reading.

I used to have my “to read” books on my nightstand. Then I created a shelf in my library for the ones about to go to the nightstand in be “read”. Then the one shelf became two (plus the nightstand). Then it got out of control. And, then I got a Kindle and added more electronic books on my reading list. Now I really don’t know what is on my to read list.

If I started reading all of the books that I have purchased and intend to read and did not add any more books to the list, it might take me years to catch up….if ever.

Now, I have started adding to my “to read” list books about books. It started a few years ago when I bought most all of Tom Butler-Bowdon’s “50 Classics” books. I see six of them on my shelf. Each one is a concise summary of what he termed the best 50 books in a subject area (e.g., self-help, psychology, prosperity, etc.) Four or five pages about each of the 50 books. I highly recommend his books and here is a link to them. No, I have not read them all.

But why stop at books about 50 books when you get books about 1000 or more books? First up, Peter Boxall’s 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. It’s a great book with each summary or description taking a half a page to a page. Lots of pictures. I will never read all of these books before I die. I probably won’t finish Boxall’s book.

Then came 1000 Books to Read Before You Die by James Mustich. At least he isn’t telling me I “must” read them. Another great list of books I will never read. But it is fun reading parts of this book and thinking that “hey, maybe I should read that book!” Maybe.

Now Amazon is giving me lists of books to read. They have a whole series of them by different categories. Fun to look through the list and realize how many of these books are on my “to read” list….I’ve even read a few on this “100 Books to Read in a Lifetime” list. And, I’m happy they are not telling me outright that I am going to die.

However, now I am inspired! I am going to create a list of books that I actually have read that are ones I consider essential to who I am. That list will be coming in an upcoming blog. Consider yourself warned.

How many books are on your “to read” list?

Mark Gilbert

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