Best Book I Never Read

Many readers can recall a book (or two) that was the best book they have ever read.

Many of those same readers can name at least a couple of books that they have always intended to read but just never have. They may be classics or simply good books written by an author whose work is intriguing. “One of these days, I am going to read ______.”

Often these going-to-read books are no longer in print or available on the shelves of the public library. Periodically, public libraries must cull older books to make shelf space for new material. You may find yours in a box in your storage space; long awaiting your decision to finally read them. They may be available from used book stores or by doing an online search. Acquiring and finally reading them will prove to be worth the effort.

Here is an example of a book I had on the shelf and had intended to read for over thirty years. I had seen the movie The Grapes of Wrath which starred Henry Fonda. It was a fine movie. However, movies last a couple of hours or less. Of necessity, they tell an abbreviated and often revised version of the full story. To get the full story it proved necessary to read this Steinbeck classic. The movie just scratched the surface of those dust bowl times. The book poignantly created a deep understanding of the survival issues that confronted the profoundly impoverished families of that time (which can translate to the impoverished of today). I was informed and moved by reading it.

Don’t do as I did. Don’t wait to read your “always intended to read” book. It is just possible that you will find it moving to the top of your “best book I ever read” list.

About authorbillramsey

During his forty-year professional career, Bill Ramsey wrote magazine articles and business newsletters. Now retired in the mountains of western North Carolina, he writes a blog and has published four books. Bill's 2015 collection of concise, real-life essays is titled "What Do YOU Think?" He has also written "Me Now - Who Next? (The Inspiring Story of a Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery)" and "Now That I Think About It. Bill's books and are available from Amazon.com and on all e-readers. See www.authorbillramsey.com. Follow Bill on Facebook at www.facebook.com/billramseyauthor/
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4 Responses to Best Book I Never Read

  1. 54637A says:

    Bill,

    Thanks for another excellent observation and insight about life! Every so often, I have had the thought that….”hmm, I know the title of that book…but darned if I remember reading it!” That thought, several times, lead me to go to the library — an incredibly positive and inadequately-exploited resource — and check out a copy of the book that I had thought about. Your observation is “right on” and no doubt will generate similar actions!

    Duke

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    On Sat, Apr 2, 2022 at 10:29 AM Bill Ramsey’s Blog wrote:

    > authorbillramsey posted: ” Many readers can recall a book (or two) that > was the best book they have ever read. Many of those same readers can name > at least a couple of books that they have always intended to read but just > never have. They may be classics or simply good books wr” >

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  2. 54637A says:

    Thanks for another excellent observation and insight about life, Bill
    ! Every so often, I have had the thought that….”hmm, I know the title of that book…but darned if I remember reading it!” That thought, several times, lead me to go to the library — an incredibly positive and inadequately-exploited resource — and check out a copy of the book that I had thought about. Your observation is “right on” and no doubt will generate similar actions!

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  3. Celia Miles says:

    Today, undoubtedly motivated by your blog, I checked out “Lost Horizon” by James Hilton, not a classic exactly but it has stayed with me all these years since I first read it, probably in the early 50s. Now I want to see if I feel the same way as then. Read on!

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    • Celia, From what others have told me, a book read in our youth and then read again later in life is a completely different one. Look Homeward, Angel is notable for being one of those. Read on!

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