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Interesting list you have. I'm reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. I too would love to visit Iceland someday.

I am so reading averse right now I couldn't even read about all the books! I love the idea of reading, but right now I seem to be avoiding it with all my might. Sigh.... Love to you for writing about it.

I had also gotten behind on my reading, so I got a new pile of books from the library for Christmas break and started on: Laura Lippman's The Girl in the Green Raincoat - she is a local (to me) mystery writer - this is a take on Hitchcock's Rear Window - very amusing; Junot Diaz's This Is How You Lose Her - he nails love between the sexes very well - from a Latino viewpoint, funny and poignant; Susan Cain's Quiet: The Power of Introverts - very enlightening. I tried reading Geraldine Brooks's March because I love her other books, but found I didn't really want someone to mess with my memories of Alcott's Little Women and had to put it down. Next I will read some science fiction...

Like you, I am an experienced tsundoku practitioner. I used to read fiction exclusively (literature major); now I do mostly non-fiction in science for the lay person,spirituality, etc., not because I don't care about the fiction but because I have little time for reading in the happy pursuit of other creative activities (yes, I consider reading a creative pursuit). Herein lies my explanation for why I also always go back to old favorites when I do read fiction: I know what I am getting. I read for relaxation, and unless I consciously want an adventure, I do not want to be surprised by unexpected suspense, grief, cruelty, etc., even that found in the very best of books. I want to sleep after I read and before the sun rises. I want to pick up a book in the morning and know I will put it down before the sun drops and I'm too stiff to get out of the chair. My old favorites are like a good friend dropping in for coffee - a nice surprise but one I can end if I need to and still feel a sense of fulfillment. Having said all this, summer is coming and the weather is changing in my personal seasons, so who knows what I will pick up for an afternoon on the swing? Namaste, Janine. Thanks for another bit of inspiration for some lighthearted pondering.

Oh...such a great post. I've had tsundoku since I was eleven and had to go live in a boarding school in Papua New Guinea where my parents worked. It was the first place I'd lived that had a library and I had long since exhausted my parents' supply. I became the butt of jokes and staff concern but I was very happy! Eventually I read almost the entire library...it was good. Books are good...the kind that make a mess in your house and remind you of all your dreams and those of others (not so much the electronic ones). Used books with their inscriptions and old cash register receipts telling of their travels through time and place are also wonderful. Thanks for your wonderful post today! I will pass it on to others!
Sarah Moss' book on Iceland will be in your head for a while after you read it whether you ever go there or not...

Hi Janine -- If you're interested in Iceland and haven't read it yet, I'd strongly recommend 'Iceland's Bell' by Haldor Laxness. It completely rearranged my thoughts about what makes a novel, plus it gives a fair bit of insight into Iceland's history. Happy New Year!

I just finished reading "7,000 Ways to Listen" by Mark Nepo; beautifully written; took my time reading it and very glad I did - wanted to "absorb" the content rather than pass through it. Mostly read it just before going to sleep and was sad when I finished it. Great insights into practicing day to day, non-religious spirituality; more for self-discovery than self-help.

Just started Peter Korn's "Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman" - am also enjoying it - biographical with out unnecessary detail; I'm half way through and have learned tons about what "craft" is/is not and the history of that in this culture. Very enlightening to "hear" about craft from a very different media. Also very positive perspective.

Next on the list is "Quantum Creativity" by Amit Goswami, Noble-laureate physicist with a great style. Just released from Hay House Publishers.

Have a Kindle for similar reasons as the Nooker, and also find it is easier to hide the "unread" pile when one creates it electronically!

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