Types of Books

A personal reading list is a shape-shifter. Its form changes with the seasons and flux of passing months. It rarely finds its way back to its origins, due to its nature of constant expansion.

During the futile attempt at rearranging my reading list for the year, I revisited Calvino’s wonderful inventory on types of books¹. After some evaluation, I decided that I would refrain from any tweaks or changes and simply succumb to whatever flocks to my desk via libraries or friend recommendations, at least for the time being.

  • Books You Haven’t Read
  • Books You Needn’t Read
  • Books Made For Purposes Other Than Reading
  • Books Read Even Before You Open Them Since They Belong To The Category Of Books Read Before Being Written
  • Books That If You Had More Than One Life You Would Certainly Also Read But Unfortunately Your Days Are Numbered
  • Books You Mean to Read But There Are Others You Must Read First
  • Books Too Expensive Now And You’ll Wait Till They’re Remaindered
  • Books That Everybody’s Read So It’s As If You Had Read Them, Too
  • Books You Can Borrow From Somebody
  • Books You’ve Been Planning to Read for Ages
  • Books You’ve Been Hunting for Years Without Success
  • Books Dealing With Something You’re Working on at the Moment
  • Books You Want to Own So They’ll Be Handy Just in Case
  • Books You Could Put Aside Maybe To Read This Summer
  • Books You Need To Go With Other Books On Your Shelves
  • Books That Fill You With Sudden, Inexplicable Curiosity, Not Easily Justified
  • Books You’ve Always Pretended To Have Read And Now It’s Time To Sit Down And Really Read Them
  • Books Read Long Ago Which It’s Now Time To Re-read
  • New Books Whose Author Or Subject Appeals To You
  • New Books By Authors Or On Subjects Not New (for you or in general)
  • New Books By Authors Or On Subjects Completely Unknown (at least to you)

¹ ioawnat


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