To Be Read

Picking up Priestley’s lengthy yet immensely readable “Literature & Western Man”, for a short spell after lunch I found myself still engrossed at dinnertime. One useful benefit is that it is pointing me towards a To Be Read list of unread or forgotten works in my own library. At this rate I may be in a position to review it tomorrow.

Said dinner consisted of Jackie’s piquant lemon chicken, colourful vegetable rice, and tender green beans, with which Jackie drank Peroni and I abstained.


  1. I love books I can’t put down, except when I need to get some sleep. As a rule though, I only read books at bedtime, or approaching bedtime, that I have read before.

    1. I may have to try that practice. I always read at night and have spent way too many nights reading past my bedtime.

    2. Thanks very much, Chrissy. I used to read at bedtime, but was asleep before I’d read 2 pages

  2. This post and the comments nudge me to set aside more time for ready books. I have plenty on my “to be read list/pile.” Thanks!

  3. I love that you spent the day reading! It has taken me an awfully long time to get over the ‘guilt’ (i.e. I ought to be doing something else) of reading during the day. I now take an afternoon (which often runs into the evening) off to do just that every now and then 🙂

  4. It’s a long time since I became engrossed in reading for hours on end. Did you stay awake or did you have a nap in between?

  5. Until my recent eye surgery, I had spent some months able to read only with difficulty. I turned to Audible and have to confess to having become hooked. The only serious drawback I have found is that if one is interrupted or one’s attention veers away (possibly by nodding off), it’s not as easy as starting the page or paragraph again; one can only easily go back to the beginning of a chapter. Given that the book I’m currently consuming has chapters that last for between 40 and 60 minutes, that’s something of an issue. Having said all that, I do still have a number of books on my Kindle that I should probably get back to!

  6. It’s nice to sense you being so absorbed in your reading. I was surprised by your 50:50 assessment, but then you seem to have a village-sized library at home.

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