In which I list some of the books on my bedside table

A long time ago I realized that it’s going to be impossible for me to read every book I want to read before I die. Fortunately that hasn’t stopped me from giving it the ol’ college try. As I get older I find that I spend more time watching television and the computer than I do reading, which is mildly disappointing. But I still manage to knock off about a book each week, and I tore through five on my last trip to Maui. My bedside table is quickly becoming lost as new tomes stack on it, obscuring it like kudzu, so I’m going to do my best to get through this list before football season starts this Fall.

Here’s what’s currently sitting patiently waiting for me, in no particular order. If you’ve loaned me a book recently — or if you’re wondering why I haven’t mentioned anything about the book you gave me as a present — this should explain why it’s taking me so damn long…

There are 2 comments on this post

  1. Prey: Thumbs up
    The God Delusion, Thumbs way down

    You are better off reading Ayne Rand. You get the same agenda without the bitterness and hate.

  2. I would put Three Cups of Tea at the bottom of your stack. I found it to be tedious and somewhat boring. And I agree with the previous comment, if you haven’t read Ayn Rand it’s definitely one to add to your list. Atlas Shrugged or Fountainhead were my favorites, but they are also the longest novels she wrote.

    Thanks for giving me some ideas for my nightstand!

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