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The Joy Of Reading More Than One Book At A Time – The Confessions Of Culture Critic Julia Keller

At any given moment, I have at least six half-finished books sitting within easy reach. But which six? How do I choose? Ah, that’s where the magic happens.
A wonderful literary synergy is created by the accidental juxtaposition of reading materials.
Julia Keller, CULTURAL CRITIC, Chicago Tribune — Why need read many books at once?


So I really meant that it’s something I think is kind of part of the human species, to always be kind of looking over the horizon to the next thing. And I think that when you break off your reading to go read something else, the first thing is enhanced. It’s enhanced by that contrast by realizing all the different varieties of voices that there are out there.
The Joys Of Reading Many Books At Once (from an interview conducted by Jennifer Ludeen, for NPR’s Talk of the Nation)


You are either a reader or you are not.  That’s my theory, anyway.  I have always loved reading. I started with comic books (if only I still had my original collection!).  I used to hide a book propped up in an open textbook during class as far back as junior high school.  (I think the first books I propped up in such manner were the Nero Wolfe mysteries, which I still re-read every few years).    It probably (ok – definitely) hurt my grades – but I loved my reading.

Anyway, I got the link to this NPR interview in an e-mail, sent by another book lover.  Here’s Jennifer Ludden’s introduction to the interview:

Many people are serial readers — they pick up one book and read it cover-to-cover before putting it down.
And then there are poly-readers like Julia Keller.
The Chicago Tribune cultural critic juggles four, five, or even six books at any given time, never able — or willing — to choose just one.
Some have frowned when Keller mentions how many books she’s reading…
But she’s nurtured her habit not because she’s flighty or easily bored — or even because it’s her job to read many books at a time. It’s just because she finds life is simply better when lived among multiple books.

If you love to read more than one book at the same time, then you know the joy of this approach.  If you don’t – well, I just feel sorry for you…

There’s Never Enough Time to Read All The Good Books! – Thus, We Have Our (Book) Towers of Guilt

Michael Synk of Memphis, Tennessee is a business coach/consultant who coaches business owners and executives in the Mid-South on how to have a better business and richer life.

He now hosts his own version of the First Friday Book Synopsis in Memphis, with a creative use of materials from our companion web site, 15minutebusinessbooks.com.

He is offering one free attendance to one of his sessions to the person who sends in the best photo of their own “Tower of Guilt” – that stack of books, already purchased, still unread.  Here’s how he introduced the challenge:  “Do you have a “Tower of Guilt” on your desk or nightstand, that large stack of books that you have been meaning to read but haven’t.”

Here’s are a couple of the submissions.

Do you have your own “tower of guilt?” I suspect we all do. That is why Karl Krayer and I present 24 book synopses every year – two a month – so that you can learn the key content of best selling business books, and then either decide to buy the book yourself for a deeper dive, or use your time to read other books that we can not get to.

The goal is simple – to help you build an ever-growing cache of usable knowledge, to help you on your own path to business and life success.

Great idea, Michael!  (To see more photos submitted to Michael – or, to learn about his event if you live near the Memphis area, click here).

A Blog for Book Readers and Book Lovers — With Special Emphasis on Business Books

When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, and my scrolls, especially the parchments.
(Paul to Timothy, 2 Timothy 4:13)

Nothing sickens me more than the closed door of a library.
To a historian libraries are food, shelter, and even muse.
Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.
(Barbara Tuchman)


Every now and then, I think it is good to remind our readers what this blog is.

Just getting started...

Just getting started...

This is a blog by and for book readers and book lovers.  And I admit that I am one of those book readers/lovers.

We occasionally just reflect on the developments of the day, or offer an opinion or two about different business issus.  And we might occasionally refer to a non-business book or two.  But primarily, this is a blog about business books.

Our blogging team is immersed in business books.

Karl Krayer and I (Randy Mayeux) have presented a minimum of two synopses of business books, each month, for over 11 years.  You name the best seller, and we have probably read it and presented a synopsis of it.  The Tipping Point; Good to Great; The Art of Innovation; Blink; Outliers; The World is Flat; Hot, Flat, and Crowded; Womenomics… – the list is long, and always growing.
Bob Morris is a frequent, frequent reviewer of business books (and a few other books) for Amazon.com, other sites, and for this blog.
And Cheryl Jensen and Sara Smith, after a significant career in the corporate world, now consult with companies, and for this blog they primarily share their insights from books related to women in business issues.
(click on the “meet our blogging team” tab at the top of this page to learn more about each member of our blogging team).

So this blog is a blog where you get the reflections of a pretty good group of book readers and book lovers.  In addition, you can find many of the synopses of business books that Karl and I have presented over the years at our companion web site, with audio + handout, at 15minutebusinessbooks.com.

But primarily, this is a simple little blog.  We talk about ideas – ideas that capture our imagination and make us think — from the best business books we can find.  I hope you find it useful.


If you live in or near Dallas, check out our monthly gathering the First Friday Book Synopsis, always on the first Friday of the month (except for those rare holiday conflicts, when it moves to the second Friday of the month).  Just click on the home page of this site, and follow the prompts to register.