New Year makes me think about clearing things out. I need to get rid of a lot of old books – at least so I can make room in my bookcases for my new ones. Though when I say old books I really mean books that I will never read again even if they were only bought last week.
This year most of the Christmas presents I received came from my Amazon wish-list. This does mean I got to pick my own books. (Though I did notice that people preferred to buy me DVDs over philosophy books.) Presents included:
- Beyond Good and Evil: Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future, Friedrich Nietzsche
- The Book of Loss, Julith Jedamus
- Shakespeare: The World as a Stage, Bill Bryson
- How to Win Every Argument: The Use and Abuse of Logic, Madsen Pirie
I read every day and I have been making an effort to add more non-fiction to my reading. Today I read Bertrand Russell’s “In Praise of Idleness“. Not sure what I will read tomorrow but hopefully it’s something inspiring.
There are many sorts of books; but good ones are the sort for the young to read. Remember that. They are a great, an inestimable, and unspeakable means of improvement.