Better Read Than Dead

People often stare open-mouthed at my overstuffed bookshelves and ask, “Have you actually read all of this stuff?”

The answer is no. Some books are still waiting to be read.

But I’ve gotta confess that I’m a voracious RE-reader.

If I really love a book, I’ll usually pick it up a few years down the road and read it again.

Sometimes, I’ll even re-read a book three, four, or more times.

I’ve read The Catcher in the Rye by Salinger many, many times.

I’ve read Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas five or six times. Alfred Bester’s The Stars My Destination three or four times, The Demolished Man at least twice.

I’ve read Heinlein’s The Moon is a Harsh Mistress three times and Starship Troopers twice.

I make a lot return trips to Edgar Rice Burroughs, particularly the Mars series and the first six Tarzan books.

I revisit Vonnegut, Hammett, and Chandler regularly.

Right now, inspired by the new movie adaptation, I’m reading Atlas Shrugged a third time.

Isn’t that the point of collecting books, to have ’em handy so you can return to them when you’re in the mood, or the time seems right?

You might recall I recommend solopreneurs read Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People over and over, cover to cover, once a month, for a year.

No kidding. The book’s THAT important.

I even offered a simple system for doing that in my book Fire-Up Your Cash Flow, which you can download for free at the sidebar on your right.

Do something nice for yourself and revisit a good book this week. Carnegie’s a great start.

Happy reading!

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