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