Books, books and more books!

After a drought, the summer is flush with reading of all kinds. It’s getting to the point where I almost can’t decide what to read next, not out of disinterest, but because there are so many good things on the way.

I should finish up Up From Dragons today, which means I need to start something else tonight or first thing tomorrow. I am also re-reading (it is rare for me to read 2 books at the same time, but I’m doing it in this case) David Allen’s Getting Things Done which is an excellent personal productivity book. Anyone familiar with GTD or sites like 43 Folders will know what I’m talking about.

The stack of books that is accumulating:

  1. Pattern Recognition by William Gibson
  2. The Accidental Time Machine by Joe Haldeman
  3. How the Mind Works by Stephen Pinker
  4. Robert’s Rules of Writing by Robert Masello
  5. Creating Short Fiction by Damon Knight
  6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

What I will read next will depend on what comes in the mail today. I’m kind of expecting Pattern Recognition and The Accidental Time Machine to show up today. If they don’t show up, then How the Mind Works will probably be next on the list.

Robert’s Rules I ordered late last week after starting to re-read all 70 of mabfan‘s Robert’s Rules blog entries. I re-read the first 20 (loving them!) and then decided it would be even better to read mabfan‘s essays after each corresponding essay in the book. That book and Damon Knight’s book are coming from Powell’s and I don’t expect them for a few days.

Harry Potter looks like it will have to wait for later this summer. But it’s nice to be back in the flush of reading, especially books as good and as fascinating as Up From Dragons.


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