"I’m reading a fabulous new book by Steve Leveen (owner of Levenger) called The Little
Guide to Your Well-Read Life. It’s a very eloquent love-letter to a life of
reading, with some nice practical tips on how to squeeze more time for reading
out of a hectic schedule.
Interestingly, one of his key ideas is something that is totally at odds with
my prevailing philosophy of books in the past year or so. As I’ve mentioned here
before, I’ve been purging my library of everything except those books which I
have read, enjoyed, and read again; everything else has gone either to a
second-hand store or to a library. My philosophy is that if I ever want to read
any of those unread books that had been sitting around for years, I can borrow
them from the library when the time comes, and in the mean time they might be
doing someone else some good.
Leveen, though, champions the concept of a “Library of Candidates,” a
collection of books you own that you hope to read some day. Note that he does
not say you necessarily will read them – just that you might. And he
makes some interesting points, channelling great readers like Winston Churchill
to emphasize the idea that merely owning a book has psychological benefit,
whether you ever read it or not…"