This is the 2500th post on The Reading Life. When I began my blog 5.5 years ago, I never dreamed I would push on to post 2500. If you asked my wife and family they would have said, and I would have agreed, it will be amazing if he does 25 posts. Everyone once and a while I have found it useful to reflect on what I am doing and hope to do. So I will just indulge in some observations.
Of my posts, probably at most fifty are negative, most are very positive. Part of the reason for this is I don't read a book or a story without assuming I will like it. If I don't like a book, I normally abandon it. Life is to short to read bad books and I don't do bad reviews just to appear tough. When I read something, I look for the good in it, true reading is not a passive activity.
Free Books and Reviews
I like free books! I pretty much only E Read so publishers and authors do not occur much expense in sending me a book. I look at everything I am sent but a free book is not a guarantee of a review. If I have explicitly told you I will post on your book I will.
I now have 91 collections of short stories on my E Reader, easy 2000 stories. Some I bought but most were gifts from publishers. There is great literature in these collections. In March I will hopefully post on at least thirty Irish short stories, during Irish Short Story Month Year Five. I have seven collections of short stories by authors from the Indian Subcontinent. There are at least 100 new to me writers in these collections. At some point I will begin reading them in a fairly systematic way. The biggest reader draw to my blog is pre-WW II short stories from the Philippines. I will keep reading them. I will continue to seek out and read the stories of developing writers.
Near term I Will push on with Balzac's Comedie Humaine, I am almost half done. I hope to reread Proust this year, more European classics, I hope to read Faust, Part One, translated by David Constantine. I will hopefully read a few American classics. In a world wide literary shoot out, The Reading Life will stand with the Irish.
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