What I’m reading

On my desk are three non-fiction books I am currently reading:

13 Ways of Looking at the Novel (2005) by Jane Smiley
The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing (1993) by Al Ries and Jack Trout
Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer (2007) by Shannon Brownlee

It occurred to me as I glanced at them that these books pretty much summarize my primary interests: literature, marketing, and health issues. I am always reading fiction, and often reading about literature. I am always reviewing and updating my marketing IQ. And I have been reading about health and health issues since I was about twelve years old. It continues to fascinate me.

Sometimes I pursue the current (Smiley and Brownlee) and sometimes I re-read from the past (Ries and Trout), but I seem to be consistent in the topics I land on. Writing and literature are primary. And my interest in marketing goes beyond the professional. After all, everything is marketing. As for health topics, I live by what I know on an on-again off-again basis, but I always want to know more and do better.

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