100 Words, 100 Days: Day 4. On Unread Books

I have a substantial library of books, covering most genres with the possible exception of cookery. There are romances, sci-fi and fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, young adult, autobiography, classics and philosophy tomes.

When anyone sees it, the question most if not all of them ask is, “How many of these have you read?” For me, that’s the wrong question, and I’ll tell you why. Once you’ve read a book you’ve already tapped into its knowledge it. You know it. But think about what you don’t know, the untapped knowledge that awaits you in those unread books.

It’s exciting, isn’t it?

4 responses to “100 Words, 100 Days: Day 4. On Unread Books

  1. It certainly is, James. The ability to become lost in an all-absorbing world -it’s one of life’s great pleasures. And to have all those little microcosmic universes lines up on the shelf waiting is a continual comfort.

  2. I find that as I grow, the knowledge available in books grows too… even those books I’ve read in the past.

    One of my favorite replies to “have you read all of those books” is a cleverly non-committal, “…some of them twice…” ))

  3. I never lose interest in reading . . . as soon as I finish (or abandon) one book, I pick up the next.

    Books have been my steadfast companions through life.

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