Reading Cleanse

“Read, read, read. Read everything—trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it.” —W. Faulkner

This idea originated from a short conversation with a fellow library patron: read ten books in one week, and following, read one of those books with care for the next two weeks. The goal is to barrel through those books you’ve been meaning to read but “haven’t had the time,” and to cleanse your reading palette, so to speak. The two weeks of slow reading represent a sort of reconstruction of habits: scrutinizing the text closely, taking the time to appreciate all of its nuances and details. 

Ten books in one week is slightly insane, even for me, so I’m going to stretch this over the course of a month (approx. 2-3 days per book). I expect that there will be some documentation of thoughts along the way—ahh fiddlesticks, I’m pumped!


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