First, just a thought: Would more young people read books if they felt guilty for taking the time away from other things? I know that some days i have so many pressing responsibilities (and competing hobbies) that time spent between the covers of a good book feel like a genuine guilty pleasure. But I keep reading.
Right now, I need help arranging my "to read" pile. It shifts like the line at the grocery checkout, everyone jockeying for the shortest path to the fromt of the line. I am reading Cleopatra: A Life, the Pulitzer-prize winner, because it's a book club choice, but I'm overwhelmed trying to decide what next.
Since I feed my need to read regularly--okay, excessively--I NEVER run out of books to read. Between bookstores, English conferences, and generous friends, I will never ever run out of something to read. (And right now the latest Oxford American sits on my nightstand. Ahhh!)
Before I throw out my choices in a post (coming soon to a computer screen near you), I'd love to hear others' recommendations for the next "must read."