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Would your reading change, if you knew your life was ending soon?

Asked by Hawaii_Jake (25799 points ) September 27th, 2012

Will Schwalbe’s mother faced that inevitability. She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and they began reading together. (article)

Mr. Schwalbe has written a memoir called The End of Your Life Book Club. One interesting point he makes is they did not feel pressured to read the “right” books.

I feel that a lot. I’m unsure why, but I often feel I’m supposed to be reading a certain caliber of books. It must have something to do with my classical education.

If I suddenly knew my time was severely limited, I would want to reread at least one of my favorite books: Eros the Bittersweet by Anne Carson. It’s a book for all readers and writers.

I would want to read something new by one of my favorite authors, Christopher Moore. His work never fails to make me laugh.

I can’t imagine how else my reading might change.

How about you?

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