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"Read at least one contemporary novel and one contemporary short story collection a month. Read at least one classic novel every other month."

--Samuel R. Delany.


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Mar. 13th, 2006 07:05 am (UTC)
yeah, i got to admit, i could never match that frequency while i was studying. (this is assuming that the books are done for please, spare time.) indeed, i'm having trouble hitting the fifty books a year total since i am still, um, on book three.

collections take me years to read, however. i dip in and out all the time. it's what i like about them.
Mar. 13th, 2006 05:49 am (UTC)
I would read about 5 novels a month, but some are not contemporary, and some are re-reads. I read less short stories, on the whole, but I do tend to read all the stories in an anthology or collection, so that would average out to at least one a month, if not more. It's just I'm likely to read say 12 over the course of a week.
Mar. 13th, 2006 07:07 am (UTC)
i read all the stories in a collection. it, um, just takes me a long time. a lot of collections i'm still reading.
Mar. 13th, 2006 05:59 am (UTC)

I just read. I suppose, if I pay attention, there's a fair spread of dates of what it is I'm reading. And that's about it.
Mar. 13th, 2006 07:08 am (UTC)
i wonder what counts as a classic these days, anyway? like, i've a copy of capote's IN COLD BLOOD. would that count? i think it would.
Mar. 13th, 2006 07:36 am (UTC)
Probably some sort of lasting quality, and the fact that Time (Past Tense) hasn't swallowed it into obscurity.

Not to mention the fact that I just don't read that fast anymore.
Mar. 14th, 2006 03:07 am (UTC)
no, i don't read that fast anymore, either, less it's for research. there's something said about being able to linger over words.
Mar. 13th, 2006 06:09 am (UTC)
I read far too slowly to keep up that sort of rate. But I do generally read a mix of old and new stuff, novels and short stories, fiction and non-fiction, and I usually have multiple books on the go at any one time.
Mar. 13th, 2006 07:09 am (UTC)
yeah, i do the multiple book thing. mainly with collections and non fiction. i'll pick up and put down a lot with them, though i don't buy a lot of non-fiction. most of it i borrow or i get out of articles and various places.
Mar. 13th, 2006 07:21 am (UTC)
I used to read at least that, back when I could read every day. I miss that.
Mar. 14th, 2006 03:09 am (UTC)
just remember: when everyone's dead and you're the last woman on earth, you'll have nothing but spare time :)
Mar. 14th, 2006 04:24 am (UTC)
Just as long as I don't smash my glasses...
Mar. 13th, 2006 07:31 am (UTC)
I probably come close, but I don't know about the "classics" bit... like you say, what counts for that?

Mar. 14th, 2006 03:11 am (UTC)
it's strange, though. when i was a teenager, anything in that classic sections was it. dickens, alla those. now, though, i tend to think it can be a pretty wide ranging thing. which is good, cause i never much enjoyed those classics.
Mar. 13th, 2006 12:09 pm (UTC)
I'm fairly evenly split between old and new books, but it fluctuates. Last year I was deliberately seeking old stuff (a bit over 1/3 of the novels I read were re-reads, and a number were older ones I wanted to catch up with). This year I've tended to go and buy a book rather than make headway into the stacks at home.

But I always prefer novels to short stories. There usually has to be some ulterior reason for me to read a collection. I did read 88 stories last year, which I think was pretty good, but thus far this year the total is one (and that wasn't even a real short story, but a thirty-year-old chapter taken somewhat out of context).
Mar. 14th, 2006 03:13 am (UTC)
i've got no idea how many short stories i read in a year. i've never kept a tally, and i jump allr ound the place, so i might read one a week, none the next, ten the following. maybe i should keep a tally.
Mar. 14th, 2006 03:19 am (UTC)
I don't know if keeping a list achieves a great deal, but it's sometimes nice to jog your memory.
Mar. 13th, 2006 12:23 pm (UTC)
I'd overshoot that mark if classics are allowed to be any novel that is not by a currently popular author, and the "contemporary short story collection" could come from a broader range of collections of bits and pieces.
Mar. 14th, 2006 03:13 am (UTC)
i reckon collection would also include range of bits and piece collections. why not?
Mar. 13th, 2006 12:24 pm (UTC)
on average, i read about ten books per month.
i would say the breakdown is one or two 'classics'with the rest being divided almost evenly into collections and novels.
Mar. 14th, 2006 03:14 am (UTC)
dude. ten books a month. i'm in awe.
Mar. 13th, 2006 03:05 pm (UTC)
Not me. I have the time to read research for my writing, and write, but not to read anywhere near that much. I'm lucky if I manage one novel, purely for pleasure, every three weeks.
Mar. 14th, 2006 03:17 am (UTC)
yeah, i think i was the same last year. maybe less. a novel a month for pleasure seemed the way.
Mar. 13th, 2006 09:51 pm (UTC)
I have the contemporary thing down--the contemporary short story collection and the classics I don't even come close. I do read some literary magazines at the library but those don't really count as a collections I suppose.

I read a lot of non-fiction political and spiritual stuff and lots and lots and lots of novels. I buy poetry and read 20 minutes here and there. There was one summer where I said I was going to read a classic a week and I did it. I would like to do that again sometime.
Mar. 14th, 2006 03:18 am (UTC)
so i guess it's all about upping your collection intake now, yes :)
Mar. 13th, 2006 11:23 pm (UTC)
It's a rule I used to live by until the painkillers wrecked my attention span.

I'm regaining ground, but it's difficult.
Mar. 14th, 2006 03:19 am (UTC)
but you gotta do it, i suppose. good to get back stuff.
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