A 1,000 books on my wish list
Muse #557 - and not one to pick...
Each time I finish a book or I am nearly done with my previous read I start looking to pick the next one to read. And what a discovery process it is!
I keep wish-listing recommendations and books that find worth reading in both my Audible app and my Scribd saved list. These have ballooned into somewhat equal size lists of about 500 each totaling a thousand plus overall. I keep cleaning them up and pruning them often, but they continue to be unwieldy and large as my interests and topics vary and cover a wide spectrum of categories.
I usually buy a 24-credit audible subscription yearly and also read the equivalent of more books on Scribd (the supposedly unlimited book read) which often prevents me from reading the book I want to read next as I have exceeded its monthly quota. But yet I persist.
An interesting thing happened this month. Audible introduced a promotion so that I redeem six credits they would rebate me $20 back worth of credit with which I could buy additional books. And yet after hours of analyzing I could hardly find one or two books from my list worth immediately buying. The rest I would get to it one day but not now. Perhaps I should delete my whole wish list and there would be only a marginal impact.
On top of it, I understood that many of the books I wanted to read are on Scribd. They are not new and fancy and were released recently and several of them were quite old - thoughts from fifty to a hundred years ago. Ideas from 200-500 years ago. And it taught me a valuable lesson. The now is overrated. My discovery is that my discovery is a journey to deep reasoning from the past and that these are the patterns I am journeying towards…