Hitting the books, again

After a brief hiatus I’m back posting book reviews on Goodreports.net, kicking things off with a review of Michael Sandel’s The Tyranny of Merit.

I started Goodreports in 1998, so I’ve been at it for a while now. In recent years, however, I haven’t been updating it as much. This is not, however, because I’ve been spending all my time watching movies. I still read as much as ever, about 100-120 books a year. But my reading has changed.

Most of my reading these days is non-fiction. This is either history or current political events (for the last few years that latter category could be relabeled “books about Trump”). I’ve also spent a lot of time re-reading the classics — fiction, drama, and poetry. Currently I’m working my way through a lot of Milton and Joyce. I haven’t read either author in years and I’m having a great time. But I’m not going to review them!

What I’m not reading, at least in any great quantity, is new fiction. I still cover a bit of SF, but, aside from that, in the past year I haven’t read many new novels or story collections.

I don’t think this is because of anything I’ve got against new fiction. It’s probably more a result of aging. If you only have time for a certain number of books left, why not spend it with the masters? But also, as I get older I find that works by new (that is young) writers have less to say to me. Again, this isn’t a unique feeling. I’ve heard other (old) people express the same feelings.

I’m not giving up, however, and plan on making a commitment to reading more new fiction moving forward. I just need to find some more hours in the day to make it happen.

5 thoughts on “Hitting the books, again

  1. I have 2 or 3 fiction books on the go and a couple of non-fictions. I do get through a bit of new stuff as a couple of the bloggers I follow release them. Can’t say I’d recommend them for you, but I do know a great writer blogger who is soon releasing a historical fiction which sounds good.

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