This is from the Wall Street Journal, Best-Selling Books | Week Ended Dec. 18. The subtitle goes on to credit as follows, “With data from Nielsen BookScan“. There are ten total Fiction E-Books listed. Five are New. Three were on the list last week. Leaving two to debut this week. Curiously though, Alaska by James Michener seems to debut at #2. But this book was first published in 28 years ago in 1988. What happened? BookBub may be one cause. It showed up on my daily mailing, selling for a discounted price of $1.99. I bought it. Perhaps many others did as well. Enough so that it debuted at #2.
2017 is going to become my year for reading. Actually a return to serious reading, a turn from obsessive social media reading – which isn’t really reading at all.
Back to BookBub – The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe was purchased and read. It serves as a reminder as to why one may want to read more widely, more seriously.
“Throughout, mother and son are constantly reminded of the power of books to comfort us, astonish us, teach us, and tell us what we need to do with our lives and in the world. Reading isn’t the opposite of doing; it’s the opposite of dying.”
But that wasn’t all. Soon after completing the reading, the WSJ Weekend Edition had this essay, The Need to Read by…Will Schalbe.
Reading books remains one of the best ways to engage with the world, become a better person, and understand life’s questions, big and small.
Another poignant reminder to really read good books.
And finally, back to today’s WSJ, Empathy by the Book: How Fiction Affects Behavior by Susan Pinker.
Mounting evidence over the past decade suggests that the mental calisthenics required to live inside a fictional character’s skin foster empathy for the people you meet day-to-day.
So, what am I waiting for? Today is yesterday’s tomorrow.