Maybe I’m Not So Crazy. Maybe.

A while back I bought a new book and started to read it, only to soon realize that I had already read it several years prior.  “That’s probably not good” I thought to myself.  But now I know I’m not alone.

Ever forget about a book you've already read? You're not alone.

As highlighted by A Writer’s Desk, biblio-amnesia seems to be making the rounds.  Although I’m pretty sure that the term has yet to be reviewed in the medical journals, I can assure you that biblio-amnesia is real and here to stay.

Of course this renders a broader question: If we can forget so much about our reading, is it worth reading at all?  If you love to read like me, then you know the answer is yes.  But providing specifics is a lot more difficult.

For me, the shear enjoyment of it is more than enough reason to read.  But the real reasons go much further than that.  Reading plays a dramatic role in improving your cognitive processes, for example.

If the topic interests you, I suggest, no irony intended, that you read a book: Proust and the Squid by Maryanne Wolf.  Subtitled The Story and Science of the Reading Brain, it gets to the core of how the reading brain works and how it directly impacts our lives.  You’ll be glad to know that even pleasure reading can dramatically improve your cognitive ability.  Bring on the summer reading trash.

Thanks to my friend Susannah, a loyal GoneReading fan, for the book recommendation!

Please share your comments below…

Bradley S. Wirz, Founder & CEO
http://www.gonereading.com/
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4 Comments

  1. Carrie
    Posted June 24, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I’ve done that. I was reading some reviews of a book and thought, wow that looks interesting. So I went to pick it up from the library, looked at the cover and realized not only had I read it, but I hosted book club several years at my OWN house and discussed the book!

    • Posted June 24, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Love it Carrie! You’re making me feel better already. Thanks for the post!

  2. susan
    Posted July 10, 2011 at 10:02 am | Permalink | Reply

    I have done that several times. But, I felt that the publisher had “tricked” me by rereleasing the books with totally different cover art.

    • Posted July 10, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I wish I could blame it on the publisher. For me it’s my fading memory! Thanks for the note…

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