What I discovered while reading through Peter Boxall’s ‘1001 books you must read before you die’

A bookish observation

While reading Peter Boxall’s 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, I’ve discovered it’s not just a list of books. It is also the source of some self discovery helping me understand what I don’t want to know about and what I do, a very enlightening realisation. I’m realising how narrow the boundaries of my reading taste are. My strategy for the book is to slowly read through all the previews. When I find a potential book to read, I add the book to my To-Be-Read-List. I’m only one third of the way through the book at the time of writing this blog post.

This process has demonstrated to me how few subjects interest me, for example, I’m not into Si-fi nor fantasy, I’m not into reading about revolutions, violence and/or stories about the oppressed, the insane, nor battles. The books written by authors considered “genius” who write experimental dense miserable stories that you need study guides to get through are just not on my list.

It’s all food-for-thought as part of an “examined” life. I’d like to expand my reading taste so I will, over time, find books that take me a little out of my safe zone.

Great stuff!  I’ve added this book to my List of Betterment.