On the reading list

I used to spend an hour a day on the bus going to work, which was an hour a day to read a book.  Now, though, I bicycle to work whenever possible, and as my schedule doesn’t require me to go to the office every day, I bus to the office in the winter time, when I need to go in.  It’s a shorter ride, and there isn’t really time to set up and read, so my reading time has been greatly curtailed.

I used to buy lots of books by many different authors, but as my reading time has become more scarce, I’m having to narrow down to just the authors whose books I don’t want to miss.  I have reached the point where I’m buying almost only books from my “buy on sight” list.  That is, authors whose books I will buy on the strength of the author, without needing reviews, synopses, or even cover art.  If this author wrote it, I will buy it, and put it on my shelf to read.

While I have the Kindle software on my phone and tablet, I still prefer paper books to ones that are bound up in DRM software and the potential hassles and dangers.  I’ll buy unencumbered e-books, the Baen library is excellent for that.  I have bought a few Kindle books from Amazon, when they were in special sale bundles.  I also occasionally download out-of-copyright books from gutenberg.org.

Right now, I’m re-reading Vernor Vinge’s A Fire Upon The Deep. I read it almost 20 years ago, but now I have his sequel, The Children Of The Sky, on my shelf, to be read once I finish the earlier novel.

So, who is on my buy on sight list?

Together, these writers are writing faster than I can read to keep up.  I’m always hoping to find more time to read, and finish more books.

Other authors who would be promoted to this list if I could catch up include

Then, there are the authors who were on my buy on sight list, but have either died or stopped writing, and whose works I have read in close to their entirety.



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