I love reading. I was one of those children that was happiest curled up in a corner with a book. I always had a pile of books on the go, up to ten at a time. These days it’s one at a time. I’m a bit slow in my old age.
And sometimes I don’t know what to read next. Do you ever feel like that? Sometimes I’m so overwhelmed because I know there’s a billion amazing books out there that I don’t know about and will never get to read.
My happy-place fallback is to go for stories about quaaludes, sex, rock n roll, roadtrips, opium, speakeasys, cheap wine – or preferably all of the above. Authors like Kerouac, Anais Nin, Kesey, Hemingway, James Ellroy, Tom Wolfe, Henry Miller, Bukowski and Hunter S Thompson (if you’re a Thompson fan, check out this GREAT interview).
Recently I branched out. I asked my FB friends to suggest some books for me. I was amazed by how many people responded and how enthused everyone was!
I ended up with some amazing recommendations and a great new wish list of reads
It’s exciting to have some new and different books to look forward to!
Clearly I’m a bit old school when it comes to choice of reading matter. Not surprisingly, secondhand books with that musty smell are my preference. Finding someone’s hand written observation scrawled down the side of a page is akin to treasure for me. More intoxicating is a note that drops out of the book, or an old receipt, a postcard, a tattered shopping list. Love that shit.
I haven’t really gotten into reading on the kindle or iPad. I’m too tactile. And I feel like I’m at work. But my brother who has never much been into reading, has had the wonderful world of storytelling opened up to him through his tablet and downloadable books.
Technology is certainly having an impact on books and the way we consume them. Despite how much I love books and reading, I was ever so slightly alarmed by this article I saw recently: This insane new app will allow you to read novels in under 90 minutes.
Nevermind that it’s on a Gen Y website. Bunch of hyperactive little nuts.
But seriously, do we all need to learn to speed read? What’s wrong with sitting down for a leisurely leaf through a book you’re absorbed in, taking time to ponder?
Or as a reader am I looking at this all wrong? Perhaps it means I can get through those books on my wish list a lot quicker?
Hmmmm not sure.
Do you want to speed read? What books are on your must-read list?