Now that it's almost March, I've decided it's time to start on my reading project for the year - which is to read all of the books my terrific friends gave me for my 45th birthday party back in September. I've never had reading goals (except those Read-a-thon things in elementary school) and just read whatever catches my eye from my Infinite Pile of Books. Sometimes I borrow from Brad's pile. I also like to re-read books I love or read so long ago that I'm starting to forget them. This seems to happen at an alarmingly increasing rate - the forgetting part - and I find that I see things differently each time.
I was the fortunate recipient of a plethora of books that each friend chose for me because the book was significant to them, and I think that it would be good to read those books and review them. I didn't manage to get thank you notes written for these gifts (surprise, surprise), so this is also a way of saying how thankful I am for my friends, for books and authors, for the freedom to read whatever I want.
The first book I've grabbed from the pile is The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins, given to me by David Cohen. I did already read Jil Cohen's gift book back in September, which was You Don't Know Sh*t, which I enjoyed so much I gave a copy to another scatological trivia-loving friend.
Thank you, David, for the thoughtful and surely thought provoking birthday gift -