No books for a year?
I’m only bringing three books to Korea. I’m leaving the rest here.
If you don’t already know, if you haven’t already guessed, I like to read. I’ve read 30 or 40 books each year for the past five or six years at least. I used to keep track, but – well – now I don’t. On top of that, and perhaps more importantly, I read tons of blogs. Reading blogs is not the same as reading books, not by any means. The content’s not as deep. Still, it’s reading.
So I read a lot. But here’s the plan for Korea:
- I’m taking my Bible, which I pretty much use all the time.
- I’m taking a copy of Tristine Rainer’s Your Life As Story. I read it for the first time last year, but I’m going to reread it on the way to Korea and then keep it for reference. I might reread it a couple more times in Korea too.
- Some kind of book on Korean, the language. I still haven’t picked one out. Who knew it would be difficult to get a good book on Korean in Louisville, Kentucky. I might end up buying some more books on the language once I get there, but for now, I figure one is about all I can study for the basics.
What about the rest?
- I’d like to cut back on some of the reading. Once I get to Korea, you’ll probably hear about a few experiments on this, like reduced blog reading and so on. So that’s one part of it.
- The other part, though, is that I’m going to read free books online, classics. Anything that was written long enough ago ends up in the public domain. Once it’s up for grabs, if it’s any good, someone will add it to a database like Project Gutenberg. I’ve read some classics, but there are still plenty waiting for me to discover them.
So that’s the plan. I’m not really going without books for a year. I’m just switching it up a bit.