Wednesday, March 07, 2007

The Faster I Read, the Farther Behind I Get

These seem to have accumulated here in just the last two or three weeks. The bottom two are collections of Patricia Highsmith short stories that I picked up on eBay and, from what I can tell, they have most or all of the short stories she wrote. I bought several of these at my local Half-Price Books store for a buck a piece (the Willie Morris book, the Updike one and the two at the top of the stack) and the others came from the Barnes & Noble bargain shelves. So I haven't spent a fortune on these...how was I supposed to resist so many books for so little money?

If the titles are difficult for you to read, just click on the picture for a much larger version of it.

5 comments:

  1. Ah short stories. I totally neglect that genre. Way more than poetry. If it wasn't for the Canada Reads competition, I probably wouldn't have read any last year. Fortunately, two of the five competing books were short story collections.

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  2. I've had some difficulty in developing a real appreciation for short stories myself, John. It was the stories of Joyce Carol Oates that finally made me appreciate them the way that they should be appreciated.

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  3. It's not that I don't have an appreciation, it's that I don't do anything about it!

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  4. Imagine how you'd feel if you were an incredibly slow reader like me. You'd go out of you mind. I am and I've been living with this affliction my entire life. The list of books that I've bought and haven't read yet and of books that I want to buy and read as soon as possible has gotten so long that, when I think about it, it's just depressing. Falling so behind is hell but working to get caught up is pure heaven. : )

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  5. You know, I wonder if it really matters at what speed a person reads because most avid readers are never satisfied with the number of books they finish...they are always running to the next one, or two, or three. I read fairly quickly but I'll never catch up with my TBR list. It just won't happen. I think we're all in the same boat that way. :)

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