I feel like I am constantly battling with myself over what I’m reading. I started thinking about this because of everyone’s fancy “Best of 2009” lists, and how full they are of bright and shiny new books.
I love to read lit that’s brand new. It feels exciting to watch all of this happening first-hand, and it’s usually the stuff that gets my rocks off the hardest.
BUT: I also have these books that have been sitting on my shelf from years ago that I haven’t gotten around to. Or there are classics that I really want to read. Or there are nonfiction books that I want to immerse myself in, in the hopes of learning something about the world and then maybe using some of that knowledge in my writing or, heavens, my life.
I want to ask a question, but I might not be sure what it is. I guess: How do you balance your reading out?