I remember one of my college instructors saying the one's library is made up necessarily of the books one has read but the book one hopes to get around to reading. I'll admit it: the impossibility of reading all of the books I want to read (just those I know I want to read) overwhelms me. My reading taste is as eclectic as my gastronomic taste. I may be finicky--there are some books on which I refuse to waste my time--but I have a broad range of interests that leads me all over the bookstore or library shelves.
While I can't read them all, I can't quit searching for the next good book--and the one after that. I have cultivated reading friends for year. As a teacher, I have done my best to create readers who will come back years (or days) later and say, "I have this great book you should read." My book list sources are vast. Every Sunday morning, I turn to the Books page in Charlotte Observer the before I check out the headlines, the sports page, or even the L.A. Times crossword puzzle.
Today I ventured to another great source for titles, the Lemuria Bookstore blog (in the list on my page.) I haven't even made it to the bottom of the posts, and my list has grown. I'm clicking all over the place trying to find out more about books mentioned there. (How can I resist a title like Jim Harrison's The English Major?)
Dave Barry once advised that if you have a song stuck in your head, you may not be able to get rid of it but you can pass it on. (Thanks, John, for John Prine's "Happy Enchilada.") The same, I would venture, goes for books. If I can't read them all (yet), I can share the title with someone else who can--and then report back to me!