Friday, July 16, 2021
Books I'm Hoping to Find Time to Read
This suggestion (and excerpt) comes from The American Thinker. It's from Raymond Ibrahim's Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West. Not the cheapest book, but, you know, I've started investing in some of the books that I'll want to read more than once. I generally borrow those I've little interest in reading again, but I think it's worth paying the money for something weighty, as it encourages those authors to continue writing. I want to finally get to the book in our book club - we're reading The Road to Serfdom, which I started years ago, but never finished (not for lack of interest, but lack of free time). I've recently bought The Gulag Archipelago in Kindle format; I read it in paperback form when I was in my late teens or early twenties. I have no idea whatever happened to the book. What I'm finding out is that I generally head over to lesser books - thriller, mystery, light romance - when I'm under stress (which I am at the moment - looking for and eventually buying a house, re-certifying for insurance license, updating for the new Annual Enrollment Period for Health Insurance, spending some time with my radio friends on issues, club activities, and just getting on the air, fulfilling committee assignments (ham radio and American Association of Physics Teachers, family obligations, clearing up my house and beginning the weeding-out and packing process). No wonder my hair has been breaking off! I'm dedicating at least one hour a day to my reading. I'll add in another two hours to fulfilling obligations of the above-mentioned type. I'm going to tackle the insurance ones first, as they are quite time-sensitive. Once I've cleared them, I'll put that time to the others, in order of priority. My goal is to clear my list of obligations, and stop taking on these major tasks. All other activities can be fit in when possible.