Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Bin readin'

THIS one won the Pullitzer Prize. And was favorably reviewed.
And has a fabulous cover.
And a great title. But Olive wasn't anything like I expected.
This is probably a good book-club book.
The next book I read with interest, again with my book club in mind...

Seventy-one writers talk about the one book that had the biggest impact on their lives. I noted about half a dozen of them and added the titles to my "If I Find This at a Used Book Store, Buy It" List.
And last, in keeping with the theme I had going this week, I read through this book (that I picked up from a used book store about 4 years ago) to see what recommendations it would have for me. (Instead of writers talking about the-one-book-that-changed-everything, this book has comments from professionals, like, Presidents of large companies (Nike), professional athletes, professional speakers, executives, musicians, actors, and so on.)

Interspersed amongst the recommendations, were some worthy quotes. Want to read some examples? OK. This'll be fun...
"Show me the books he loves and I shall know the man far better than through his mortal friends." S Weir Mitchell
"The choice of books, like that of friends, is a serious duty. We are responsible for what we read as what we do." John Lubbock
See? I told you this would be fun.
"Setting aside just 15 minutes a day will enable you to read up to two dozen books in a year. Keep it up and you will have read 1,000 books in your lifetime. That's the equivalent of going through college five times." G. Gordan
"A man's reading program should be as carefully planned as his daily diet, for that too is food, without which he cannot grow mentally." Andrew Carnegie
... and lastly -
"There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read." G.K. Chesterton

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Love the last comment by Chesterton! So true.