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Too many books
Windycon09
gmcdavid

In Church this morning some announced that there was a group being formed to read and discuss the recent book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. I have heard good things about this and my first reaction was Sure, I should get the book, read it, and join the group. My second thought was Wait a minute, I am reading several books already. My third thought was Just how many books am I reading now? So I made a list. Here it is, in no particular order or organization:

  1. The Master and Margarita
  2. Restorer of the World: The Emperor Aurelian
  3. In Search Of Planet Vulcan
  4. Night Fighters: Luftwaffe and RAF Air Combat over Europe, 1939-1945
  5. Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder
  6. The Queen's Agent: Sir Francis Walsingham and the Rise of Espionage in Elizabethan England
  7. The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking
  8. Seneca: Letters from a Stoic
  9. David Falkayn: Star Trader
  10. The Eagle
  11. People of the Way: Renewing Episcopal Identity
  12. The Probability Tutoring Book: An Intuitive Course for Engineers and Scientists (and Everyone Else!)
  13. Mathematics: Its Content, Methods and Meaning
  14. Drawing Theories Apart: The Dispersion of Feynman Diagrams in Postwar Physics
  15. Lest Darkness Fall and Related Stories

I think Zealot will have to wait. Perhaps a long time. My list of books I want to read someday is much, much longer than the list above.

About 2/3 of the books on the above list are on my Kindle. The others are physical volumes. Someday I might write about the eBook/hard copy debate, but I can tell you right now that my basic answer is both-and, not either/or.


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I'm not sure how to distinguish "books I am reading" from "books I haven't finished." Sometimes there are months or even years that go by before making further progress in a text.

Since getting married in 1997, I have been discouraged from leaving an open book or two in the bathroom, another open book or two in the kitchen, one in the bed, etc.

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