It’s an idea that hatched from a Twitter conversation with Tamsen McMahon and Amber Austen, based on their replies to my CareOne post about reading books to improve your attention span. Here’s the idea:
- I use a blog post — this one, in fact — to tell you what I’m reading.
- If you decide to read any of those same books, you let me know.
- When we’re both/all done with the book, we discuss as much or as little as we please — via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, blog comment threads, whatever.
That’s it — no big whoop, no big commitment, no set meetings, no hurt feelings, nothing.
The point is to reinforce our love of good books, but without creating yet another obligation to overload our already busy days. (If my count is correct, Tamsen, Amber, and I have a total of seven children, with another — Tamsen’s second — on the way. We’re busy enough already.)
So, here’s what’s on my nightstand, more or less in the order that I intend to finish them:
- Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
- The Snowball (biography of Warren Buffett) by Alice Schroeder
- Mort by Terry Pratchett
- To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
- Delivered from Distraction by Hallowell and Ratey
- The Emigrants by W. G. Sebald
- Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
- Plus several back issues of Esquire and The Threepenny Review.
Care to join me?