Musing Mondays — Cull or Surrender?

Today’s Musing Mondays is a long one:

“Below is a link to an NPR discussion about the simple fact that there’s no way you can read, see and experience all the things that are available to be experienced. The two methods for dealing with it are culling (i.e., cutting out certain genres that don’t interest you, etc.) or surrender (i.e., just making peace with the facts and enjoying what you can in the time that you have).

So, do you cull, or do you surrender? Or do you do both?”

I’m guessing that most people do a combination of the two, and I am no exception. I have surrendered to the fact that I will not read many many many wonderful things in my life, but I’m certainly going to try my hardest! And I think there should be some sort of third option up there of “seeking” — as in, I know I can’t read everything wonderful but I am going to seek out the things that I feel I absolutely must read or that I think are important to read or fun to read or whatever. The opposite of culling, really. Right now I’m seeking out more literary fiction and experimental fiction because I feel a lack of it, and I’m looking in the future to seek out more early mystery novels from authors I haven’t read because I want to have a better breadth of knowledge there, and I’m sure in a year or two I’ll have another subset of literature that I am eager to get my hands on.

In the culling department, I know that I will not read any of the 700 or so Harlequin/Silhouette romance paperbacks that are filling my cataloging department right now (I really did not know there could be so many variations on sheikhs and millionaires and mistresses, etc.). I’m not going to pick up any long epic fantasy series. I’m not likely to read political books or Christian/inspirational fiction or urban novels or westerns or cat detective novels or self-help books. I don’t mean never to any of these — if something that fits one of these categories came highly recommended I’m sure I’d give it a try — but I do mean most likely not. I mean, I have plenty of other stuff to read!

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