A Rule for Reading June 26, 2009Posted by Phil Groom in Bookshop Ramblings.
Tags: Books, Reading, Rules for Life
I dedicate this post to my friend bourach 🙂
Sometimes in life we need rules. Maybe all the time: as bourach reminded me recently, the rules are what make things safe; without them we face chaos.
Here’s my proposed rule for reading when you’re faced with too many books and you don’t know where to start: do you start with the old ones or the new ones?
My rule is: Read the new ones first.
Why? Because the old ones will always get older; the new ones will never get newer. If you read the new ones whilst they’re still new, then you can turn to the old ones later. Do it the other way round, though, and you’ll only ever have old books to read.
Books: probably the only thing in life I’m qualified to make a rule about!