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There is a stack of books on my kitchen table that just keeps growing and I can't seem to finish reading a single one. They're an interesting group, poetry, fiction and non, contemporary and ancient. They have seductive covers in colors that for an unknown reason tend almost overwhelmingly to red or reddish orange and black.

The titles are seductive too: Book of Longing; The Sculpture and Sculptors of the Greeks; The Golden Ass; Shop Class as Soulcraft; Metomorphoses; Athenian Red Figure Vases; The Golden Compass/The Subtle Knife/The Amber Spyglass; Lords of the Sea; History of the Peloponnesian War; The Omnivore's Dilemma.

I need to pick one. There are reasons for each. A couple of them are due back at the library soon; another I'm already more than halfway through and it's been very interesting so I should just finish it; etc... Reasons, but apparently not true motivation.


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Sounds like Autumn colors to me, Blue :) But yeah, I have a hard time reading a book all the way through. I generally only read the parts that I'm interested in.

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Are you able to read more than one at once? Sometimes I like to read several books simultaneously, which keeps them all interesting.

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Hi Hugo. Yes, I usually have a couple-few books going at once and then one will draw me in. But sometimes I just keep starting another and another almost ad infinitum. I did get caught up in the Philip Pullman books. I'm about mid-way through the last of the trilogy so I guess my streak of starting and not finishing anything is over for now. Hey Parody, I came across this old thread of yours today. The link you had in the OP had some interesting ideas that I would like to try. I've been thinking lately about the idea of reading a book without arguing with the author. The book that got me thinking about this was Shop Class as Soulcraft. The author talks about the removal of shop classes to make room for computer classes in American high schools during the 1990s and how that was a shortsighted decision. I thought this sounded like a good idea when I heard a short review on the radio so I got the book from the library. But I found I had trouble with the way the author expressed himself and with some of his ideas. I wanted to read the book but I kept putting it aside for something else because I couldn't bring myself to pick it up and start the argument going again in my head. When I did read it, I couldn't absorb much of what I was reading. So the idea of temporarily thinking of the author as god and allowing oneself to understand the author's intent when reading a book sounds like it might work.There's lots of good stuff on TGL!

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