There’s the story of a college literature professor who admitted he’d never read War and Peace.
His students were amazed.
“Well,” he told them. “They say you must read that before you die, so I’ve been keeping it available as an insurance policy.”
At the beginning of the 1990s, I decided that if I didn’t consciously make the effort, I was never going to read certain books. I made a random list of 20 I wanted to get through, and decided to read an average of two a year through the decade.
That worked out so well that in subsequent decades I’ve kept going.
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