You may have heard someone say their favorite book is the one they’re reading at the moment, but that’s never really true, is it? Think a moment about what your real favorite book is, and it’s probably something you read some time ago, right?
Recently I had some problems with my eyes, and over the period of two months my sight went from fine to poor and kept degrading from there. The optometrist I see said he couldn’t do anything for me in the way of stronger glasses. I was in despair. It seemed I might lose my sight, and it was frightening.
One of the things I thought about was losing the ability to read, which led me to think about how precious whatever remaining time I might have for books. What books would I read if I had only time enough for a limited number?
Favorites, obviously, but which ones? Or, perhaps, books that I have always meant to read but still haven’t? I made mental lists, favorite authors, books I remembered really liking a lot, series I might want to re-read if there was time, those meant-to-read books.
I thought about audiobooks for the time when I needed them, but for the moment I thought only about physical (or e-) books. Nothing was out of bounds, from children books (Make Way For Ducklings, Winnie The Pooh) to the big thick ones (Shogun, Lord of the Rings).
The eye specialist I went to solved the problem with laser treatment on scars from my nearly two years ago cataract surgery, and miraculously my clear, sharp sight was restored. What a relief!
Still, the question remained. What books would I read if I had limited time? I’ve started a list. But how about you, what would you choose to read, if you only had time for a dozen or two?