The current audiobook is short and humorous. The Last Black Unicorn. I should finish it by early next week.
I am having trouble settling into a kindle book. I have several going, but nothing noteworthy.
Daisy Jones and the Six is still logging miles on my purse, but not being read. I want to be sure you know that it’s me and not the book. I am enjoying it when I do pick it up. I am just not settling in and reading early enough in the evenings.
The discussion in one of the online book groups today started with “does everyone else hate being asked about what you’re reading and what it’s about?”
My favorite answer was “No one ever asks me, because they know I’ll tell them.”
Also, was “I enjoy telling the world, hoping that they’ll pick up the book and we can discuss it.”
Personally, I love discussing books and recommending them. I also love getting book recommendations, especially unsolicited ones. I find myself giving unsolicited recommendations if I’m especially excited about a book. My friends and family know this about me. Some ask. Some avoid the topic.
(Why you need an antilibrary)
Above is a link to another article to go with my previous post, There are benefits to an Antilibrary
Why You Should Surround Yourself With More Books Than You’ll Ever Have Time to Read
An overstuffed bookcase (or e-reader) says good things about your mind.
Lifelong learning will help you be happier, earn more, and even stay healthier, experts say. Plus, plenty of the smartest names in business, from Bill Gates to Elon Musk, insist that the best way to get smarter is to read. So what do you do? You go out and buy books, lots of them.
But life is busy, and intentions are one thing, actions another. Soon you find your shelves (or e-reader) overflowing with titles you intend to read one day, or books you flipped through once but then abandoned. Is this a disaster for your project to become a smarter, wiser person?
Why you need an “antilibrary”
That’s the argument author and statistician Nassim Nicholas Taleb makes in his bestseller The Black Swan. Perpetually fascinating blog Brain Pickings dug up and highlighted the section in a particularly lovely post. Taleb kicks off his musings with an anecdote about the legendary library of Italian writer Umberto Eco, which contained a jaw-dropping 30,000 volumes.
Did Eco actually read all those books? Of course not, but that wasn’t the point of surrounding himself with so much potential but as-yet-unrealized knowledge. By providing a constant reminder of all the things he didn’t know, Eco’s library kept him intellectually hungry and perpetually curious. An ever-growing collection of books you haven’t yet read can do the same for you, Taleb writes:
A private library is not an ego-boosting appendage but a research tool. Read books are far less valuable than unread ones. The library should contain as much of what you do not know as your financial means, mortgage rates, and the currently tight real-estate market allows you to put there. You will accumulate more knowledge and more books as you grow older, and the growing number of unread books on the shelves will look at you menacingly. Indeed, the more you know, the larger the rows of unread books. Let us call this collection of unread books an antilibrary.
An antilibrary is a powerful reminder of your limitations — the vast quantity of things you don’t know, half-know, or will one day realize you’re wrong about. By living with that reminder daily you can nudge yourself toward the kind of intellectual humility that improves decision-making and drives learning.
“People don’t walk around with anti-résumés telling you what they have not studied or experienced (it’s the job of their competitors to do that), but it would be nice if they did,” Taleb claims.
Why? Perhaps because it is a well-known psychological fact that it’s the most incompetent who are the most confident of their abilities and the most intelligent who are full of doubt. (Really. It’s called the Dunning-Kruger effect.) It’s equally well established that the more readily you admit you don’t know things, the faster you learn.
So stop beating yourself up for buying too many books or for having a to-read list that you could never get through in three lifetimes. All those books you haven’t read are indeed a sign of your ignorance. But if you know how ignorant you are, you’re way ahead of the vast majority of other people.
I loved this article. The original is linked above. I have more than my share of an Antilibrary. It’s to remind me of what there still is to be learned, I believe. I don’t usually buy or borrow books that are of topics I am not interested in, so there are more books in my antilibrary than I can fit on my Book stack.
Head Over Heels: A Romantic Comedy Novella by Evie Snow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This was a cute little novella. The two main characters have full background stories and were well rounded people. I see that this is a first book in a series. I would definitely enjoy learning more about these characters, and others that were mentioned in the book. I look forward to reading more.
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My current audiobook is The Marsh King’s Daughter. I am supposed to finish it for bookclub tonight, but it’s not going to happen. I have just over 2 hours left, and only one hour of car time this afternoon.
I am working on The Opposite of Maybe, just because it sounded interesting.
Daisy Jones and the Six is still travelling around with me, in my purse, but I am not getting very far in it. It’s a good book, but I haven’t been reading paper books much these days, unless they are library books.
I didn’t really do these in order. I hit stages 1 & 2 as a child.
I hit stage 6 when my kids were little. It wasn’t really no books, just kid books.
Stage 7 was when the kids were more independent and I had more time to myself.
Stage 3 was not really part of me until I was confident enough to own my bookworm status, as a full adult.
I hit stage 4 on and off, but mostly when I am on the bus or waiting in line.
Stage 8 is ongoing. I don’t like to lend or give away books. I tend to buy new copies to give to people if I’m going to share.
Stage 9 is when I work book sales, or just generally talk about books. It’s not only the next generation. It’s the previous and current ones, too.
Stage 5 is when I am trying to finish all of my books at once. When my brain tries to tell me that I am able to start every one of the books I own, plus every one I want to own, and every book in every library. Logically, I know it’s not going to happen, but it does frustrate me that I can’t. This also happens when I have deadlines on books, for bookclub or for an ARC book that needs a review, and I’m coming close to missing them.