Sunday, January 11, 2009

2009 Reading List is Underway

For the past 2.5 years, I read, on average, 2-3 books a month, mostly non-fiction. (My favorite fictional writers are Walter Mosley and John Dunning: Both of whom are mystery writers of realistic fiction.) I was able to devour lengthy, thought provoking books primarily because I took a combination of train/bus to and from work. Now, that I am driving again, I am choosing to give up the weekly 7 to 10 hours of TV news, HGTV, and Food Network so that I can maintain my reading diet. I will likely watch about 2-5 hours this week and continue to rely on websites for detailed news coverage and car radio news for local highlights.

Tonight, I spent time placing books on hold via Internet through the Los Angeles County Library system. Years ago, buying books was one of my horrible, spendthrift habits. And when came along, I increased the purchases exponentially. Thank God, those days are long gone. I also give most of the books I buy away so that they don't clutter up the house: I no longer need several bookshelves to hold all of the books.

So, I'll try to read free of charge as much as possible in 2009 as I did in 2006-2008. Freedom!

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