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A Balanced Reading List

Okay, I’ll admit it…I have way too many books on my to-read list.

The problem is that I want to read them all. All the books. All the books I can get my hands on. I know, I have a problem.

Part of the issue is that I have too many interests. Sure, I love reading fiction, but I love non-fiction, as well. I read biographies, autobiographies, history, astronomy, biology, social sciences, psychology…the list goes on.

But even with fiction I go down the rabbit hole reading sci-fi, horror, steampunk, and post-apocolyptic stories. I also love classic literature. I’m a big fan of the classic Russian authors, like Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, and Gogol. I love classic British literature, specifically the Romantics. Lately, I’ve been exploring Asian literature, both classic and sci-fi.

And if that wasn’t bad enough, then I torn between both traditionally-published authors and indie-authors. I’ve learned that just because someone is published by a big publishing house doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a good book. On the other hand, just because someone self-published doesn’t mean their book isn’t good enough to be read.

But wait, there’s more!

I still have to decide if I want to buy a hardcopy of a book or an ebook. Hardbound books are wonderful. I love the smell of the paper and ink, the feel of the pages between my fingers, the way they look all lined up on a shelf. But then, ebooks are so convenient. My reader fits in my backpack and weighs much less than a physical book. I can tote it anywhere.

I know – first-world reader problems, right?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. It’s more like lamenting…lamenting the fact that I’m lucky enough to live in a time where books are so readily available, and in an amazing variety of topics and themes and genres. As in all aspects of life, I like to try and find balance. Reading is no exception. I like to read fiction and non-fiction concurrently. I like to mix things up, try new authors, explore new genres.

We, the readers, have it so good at the moment. We have almost an infinite number of stories at our fingertips at any time, day or night, weekday or weekend.

I just don’t want to end up like the protagonist in one of my favorite Twilight Zone episodes, Time Enough at Last.  If you haven’t seen it, check it out. It’s a story about a reader, a man who only wants to be left alone so he can read. I feel I can relate. I won’t give away the story…it’s Twilight Zone, so you know there’s going to be a twist.

But it’s the reason I always have a spare pair of glasses.




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