2017 Reading Challenge…..Update??

Welcome to March! Almost faster than I can keep track of, we’re now one-fourth of the way into the year 2017. Where does the time go? Like seriously?

For the uninitiated, starting back in January, I began a personal literary challenge in order to start back reading more (you can see my whole thought process for that HERE). For the most part, I’ve been incredibly successful and staying on track; and the beautiful part about this self-imposed challenge is my annoying habit for wanting to keep deadlines no matter what. Which keeps me from wanting to slack off.

But as we head into March, I’m still trying to make my way through my fourth book instead of now beginning my fifth. I’m a bit behind the scheduled challenge. Honestly, I can say that I’ve SEVERELY underestimated how dense The Wisdom of Insecurity would be. That’s not to say that I dislike the book because there are points that I’ve reached where I’ve earmarked certain pages to return to read again (certain passages are amazingly poignant) like the one below.

“Since what we know of the future is made up of purely abstract and logical elements-inferences, guesses, deductions-it cannot be eaten, felt, smelled, seen, heard, or otherwise enjoyed. To pursue it is to pursue a constantly retreating phantom, and the faster you chase it, the faster it runs ahead. This is why all the affairs of civilization are rushed, why hardly anyone enjoys what he has, and is forever seeking more and more.” (Watts, 61)

Conversely, there are certain portions that completely pull me out of my reading zone and remind me that this book was written by an academic in the 1950s with a slightly ‘bent’ perspective (certain archaic examples used by the author in reference to women to provide context to theories he had on human being’s need to add unnecessarily complex meaning onto the most natural of things made me cringe slightly). I wasn’t 100% sure of what I was stepping into when I cracked open the first page. But the book had been on my shelf long enough. I was determined to read it; and I find myself about three-quarters of the way through it now. It’s weird. Although I disagree with quite a few of the author’s thoughts and his explanations are a bit dense when it comes to explaining his points, the book still reads fairly quickly. I hope to be done with it by early next week and begin my proper entry into March with book 5.

What is book 5 you say? The stipulation I’ve chosen is the following:

There isn’t any hard and fast rule to the book having to be something you’ve never read before (although for most of the books, I’ll keep it that way out of personal choice). So because of that, I will be getting the chance to reread one of my FAVORITE books of all time. PLUS, with the challenge being to read the entire thing in one day (something that I’ve done twice already in the past with it), I give myself the needed cushion to finish The Wisdom of Insecurity a few more days into March and still stay on schedule. I can possibly get ahead of schedule depending on what my sixth book choice is (spoiler alert, I haven’t decided what it is yet).

I know that I keep promising a short overview each month of my completed books with my opinion on whether I liked them or not. It’s coming. I really don’t want to start it until I finish book number four. That way I can start fresh with March and keep to that timeline. Does that make sense in the long run? Not really but in my head there’s a logic to it. So maybe I’ll do that in a bonus post next week (I like the two posts a week minimum I keep for myself. Makes me feel less like I’m going to burn out. But I can make an exception).

That’s all for now. I’ll be back next week.

Until next time.

Author: Mr. Nifty

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