An (Admittedly Dumb) Theory About When to Read a Book

16 Mar

OK, now you make think this is really dumb (it is), but it’s something that we’ve practiced in our own lives, even if only on one book.

A few summers back we needed a book to read. We decided upon “Light in August”, by William Faulkner. We felt it was most appropriate to read the novel in the hours of daylight during the course of that hot, eponymous month, so that’s what we did. (In the interest of full disclosure, we cheated – we missed reading it for a few days and actually finished the book on September 2nd.)

Now is the time to read it!

Now is the time to read it!

Since we’re now smack dab in the middle of March, we’re thinking of tackling “Middlemarch” by George Eliot. True, the title refers not to the middle of a month, but to the name of a fictional town. Nonetheless, we feel that this is the time to read this famous work. This got us to thinking of when to read other novels:

“April Morning” by Howard Fast – Read this before noon during mornings in April.
“Seven Days in May” by Fletcher Knebel – Pick a week in May, and read it then.
“The Autumn of the Patriarch” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez – You’ve got the whole Fall to read this one.
“As I Lay Dying” by William Faulkner – No cheating! Don’t read this until you’re on your death bed. You may protest that reading a novel may not be the first and foremost thing on your mind when that (God forbid) time comes, but if you really want to be consistent, that’s the time to read this one.


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