What Would I Like To Read – Exercise 1.12

Are there any books you haven’t read but which you would like to read? They don’t have to be classics, just anything you’ve been thinking about reading and haven’t got round to yet, whether it’s the latest bestseller or something that’s been on your shelf for years. Make a note of some titles in your writing diary and then read one over the next couple of weeks.

If you struggle with this exercise, go to your local library or bookshop and browse the shelves for inspiration. Join the library if you’re not already a member – librarians are very helpful and will be happy to assist you with both joining and selecting material to take home. Pick a book and read it over the next couple of weeks.

I like the idea of joining the library, I have some free time today, so I’ll go ahead and do this whilst it’s fresh in my mind.

You know, there isn’t any particular book that I would like to read, and without this piece of coursework I would just go onto to the fiction trilogy that I have. But this had got me thinking. I like Yuval Noah Harari, I enjoy history and quantum physics floats my boat, so I’ll see what I can find.

I also want to say that I don’t like reading poetry. I don’t know why, somehow it doesn’t do that much for me. There’s the occasional poem which I enjoy, but the thought of reading an anthology fills me with the dread of the boredom and frustration. I know that’s bad to say, especially as I like to write poems, but it’s true I’m afraid.

10 Replies to “What Would I Like To Read – Exercise 1.12”

  1. If you have a tablet, the online libraries are good. At least here. A pretty good selection, I don’t have to go out in public, and the best part, they return themselves on the due date so I have no fines. I am not good at returning books on time.

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  2. I joined the library when I was 4 years old – you only had to be able to write your name – every where I have lived the first thing I did was join the library! Now you can even borrow ebooks and audio books from the library and never have to leave the house – of course that does limit your selection plus the wonderful experience of just browsing and happening upon something wonderful. As for reading poetry – one doesn’t actually sit down and read a book of poetry, either by one author or an anthology, like you would a novel…at least I never have and I love poetry and have 2 bookshelves of books of poetry. One simply dips in, browses, scans – until a poem jumps out and grabs you by the throat or heart.

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      1. You can also search (google) for poems on a particular subject – say Spring – and scroll thru and see what strikes your fancy or you can google a particular poet – Tell what you like and I’ll send you some suggestions…

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  3. Ogden Nash came immediately to mind (and limericks are so fun) –

    The People Upstairs
    by Ogden Nash

    The people upstairs all practise ballet
    Their living room is a bowling alley
    Their bedroom is full of conducted tours.
    Their radio is louder than yours,
    They celebrate week-ends all the week.
    When they take a shower, your ceilings leak.
    They try to get their parties to mix
    By supplying their guests with Pogo sticks,
    And when their fun at last abates,
    They go to the bathroom on roller skates.
    I might love the people upstairs more
    If only they lived on another floor.

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  4. A (clean) limerick and one of my favorites:

    God’s plan made a hopeful beginning.
    But man spoiled his chances by sinning.
    We trust that the story…
    will end in God’s glory,
    But, at present, the other side’s winning.

    If you find limericks fun, try Edward Lear…

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