Confessions of a serial Tsundokuist

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Hello, my name is JP and I’m a serial of Tsundokuist. What the heck is that? Glad you asked. From our good friends at Wikipedia:

Tsundoku (Japanese: 積ん読) is acquiring reading materials but letting them pile up in one’s home without reading them.

I read a quote somewhere, sometime ago that one of the greatest treasures of life if a pile of unread books. Oh I agree! When I was a child, I read constantly and adored it. From my mid-teens until my mid thirties, I read mostly “study” stuff. Self help, self improvement, philosophy, religion, with the occasional smut um er, I mean romance novel thrown in for good measure. I enjoyed reading for knowledge but I had forgotten the pure delight of reading just for the fun of it.

Then, on a treadmill one day, plodding mindlessly along thinking about the stack of stuff in my inbox I suddenly thought, “this would be a good time to read”. I grabbed a book off of the “free exchange” stack that I had instigated in the gym room at my office. I grabbed the first thing I saw “Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone”. I was hooked from the first line.

I have a huge stack of “reading in process” in various stages of completion. Some of these are nutrition, philosophy or other non-fiction stuff that take me a while to get through. Then I have a stack of “waiting to be read” which are self explanatory. I currently have over 108 e-books in my reading queue and another 30 +- paper copy books all just waiting to be devoured.

So, my question to you is two fold.
Do you believe that reading is one of the most important things a writer can do?
and What’s in your reading stack?

Obviously, I do believe reading is one of if not THE most important thing a writer can do.

Here’s what I read in January:
Proven Guilty – Dresden Files 8 by Jim Butcher
Show Your Work – by Austin Kleon
Heat Wave – Richard Castle novel (yeah I know it’s a ghost writer and it’s a tie
in to the series but what can I say, I/m such a Nathan Fillion fan)
White Knight – Dresden Files 9 by Jim Butcher
Norse Mythology – by Neil Gaiman
The Dalai Lama a Message of Spiritual Wisdom – NBCUniversal Comcast

February’s reading list
The Hobbit – by J.R.R. Tolkein – yes it’s a reread but it’s been like 40 years
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy – by Douglas Adams I’ve never actually read the
ook before, weird huh?
Small Favor – Dresden Files 10 by Jim Butcher
Predator’s Gold – book 2 of Mortal Engines Series – by Philip Reeve
Big Magic – by Elizabeth Gilbert
Waking the Warrior Goddess – by Dr. Christine Horner

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP

 

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