“Don’t read a book out of its right time for you.”

After yesterday’s post, I was working through my feeds and saw Austin Kleon post this:

There is only one way to read, which is to browse in libraries and bookshops, picking up books that attract you, reading only those, dropping them when they bore you, skipping the parts that drag — and never, never reading anything because you feel you ought, or because it is part of a trend or a movement. Remember that the book which bores you when you are twenty or thirty will open doors for you when you are forty or fifty — and vice-versa. Don’t read a book out of its right time for you.
– Doris Lessing, 1971 introduction to The Golden Notebook

The idea that you hear, find, see things when the time is right and only when you’re ready is fascinating to me. The universe is strange.

Also, add The Golden Notebook to my cart. Amazon’s summary describes a novel of a writer who carries and uses 4 notebooks, all with unique subjects and purposes. She then works to “bring the threads of all four books together in a golden notebook.”

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