2017 Week 7 Challenge – Read this Book

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Your challenge is to read this book in one week!

*Attached Book*

Challenge accepted!

…However, this one is going to have to wait awhile as it goes into the queue of books to read.

I read. A lot. I try to read more. Let’s take a look at what I’ve read so far this year .

  1. Reinvent Yourself by James Altucher
  2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  3. Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss
  4. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  5. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  6. The Prince by Machiavelli
  7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  8. The Hero’s Journey – Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work

I’m currently reading the following:

  1. The Brother Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  2. Foundation by Isaac Asimov
  3. Presto! by Penn Jillette

What’s in the backlog to be read:

Well…I’ll break it down a bit more. I have a whole batch in “To-Read” on Goodreads, but looking at my Kindle, here’s what I have on tap.

  1. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  2. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
  3. Politics: A Treatise on Government by Aristotle
  4. The Republic by Plato
  5. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  6. The War of the Worlds by H.G Wells

Now, some of these books I may not get through all the way (especially the philosophy books). As well, I like to read multiple books at once. No, not all at the same time.

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Not me

I do like the split of one non-fiction, one longer work of fiction, and one shorter work of fiction.

Moby Dick took quite some time to get through, and I think I would have had a harder time if I just kept it the only book I was reading at the time. Reading Pride and Prejudice, a much lighter read, at the same time, made for a nice contrast and made things far easier.

Plus, when it comes to non-fiction, I tend to skim it more than read it word for word. It all depends on the book.

I think people need to read older books, and more fiction.

I have friends who are purely non-fiction readers, and there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s far better than throwing yourself in front of the TV watching CNN, Duck Dynasty, or The Big Bang Theory.

How I feel about The Big Bang Theory

Still, there’s only so many self-improvement or business books or biographies of actors you can read.

Try the works of old. Try something that people have been reading for hundreds or thousands of years. Try the works of old philosophers, or read Walden.

Same thing goes for fiction, try the works of old.

If people have been reading the works of Jane Austen or  or Moby Dick for over a hundred years, chances are people are going to be reading them 100 years from now. They’re probably not going to be reading Twilight or the Girl on the Train. Hopefully they’re reading Thomas Pynchon and Cormac McCarthy then when those authors pass on. And, depending on how the series end, I do see people reading A Song of Ice and Fire like the way people continue to read the works of JRR Tolkien.

So this week’s challenge will have to go in the backlog of books.

It’s not that I have the challenge of reading (which many seem to struggle with), it’s a matter of slotting it into the backlog, which sometimes can lead to paradox of choice.

Granted, I’d rather have that issue than too many fucking shows to watch. 

Go back to the list of the 52 Weekly Challenges for 2017.