I've spend stupid amounts of money on books in my life. When I wanted to learn about a topic, I'd go to Amazon and order the top 5 to 10 books in its category. If I saw a book referenced in a few papers on science I read, I'd add it to the cart, and buy it the next time I ordered a stack of 10-20 books.
I figured it was better to have books lying around unread than to miss the opportunity to read on a topic when I was inspired. Books piled up on history, governance, economics, investing, finance, marketing, business, psychology, biographies, time management, habits, willpower, discipline, creativity, writing, selling, publishing, technology, innovation, philosophy, and, umm, lots more. Fiction too, though I didn't read fiction for a while because I thought it was a waste of time. (I was mistaken on that point.)
At least half of those books never got opened up. But it didn't matter. Books were so ridiculously underpriced compared to what they're potentially worth, that I thought it was worth it to have a copies on hand that I could break open to look something up, or check a controversial study's results. I had books on health and nutrition and biochemistry, and man, those were a nightmare contradicting each other.
I was never good at predicting what I'd want to read, so I'd keep a mix of things onhand in case I got inspired, or hit a roadblock and needed to learn more.
There were auxilliary benefits too. I must have bought Michael Gerber's "The E-Myth Revisited" at least a dozen times, because I kept giving a copy away to people who hadn't read it. Everyone who runs a small business should read that book.
On Where Pianos Roam
I thought I should fill you all in regarding what else I am up to these days.
First off, on the reading front, I've been trying to get through a murder/mystery novel called "Night Music" by Harrison Gradwell Slater.
This work of historical fiction set in the modern day centers around diary entries from the famed pianist and composer Wolfgang Mozart. It chronicles the seedy and sordid events surrounding their discovery by a musicologist who specializes in Mozart artifacts. This discovery opens the door into a very corrupt world in which these highly-coveted historical documents bring about international scandal and murder.
As this book provides several insights into the piano prodigy who was Mozart, I had to get it and read it. I am always on the lookout for books that have ANYTHING to do with pianos. They can be fiction, non-fiction, fantasy, sci-fi, and anything else. This is kind of a hobby of mine. I do absolutely love pianos.
It's taken me a while to get through this because I've been spending more time knitting than reading. There is another piano-related book that I've found waiting in the wings, and so, I'm going to try to finish this one in the next few days.
On the music front, I've been enamored of Russion classical composers lately. This is because an audience member came up to me last year after a small open-mic set at Cafe Coco, and he said my piano work reminded him of a couple of Russian composers--namely Kabalevsky and Sergei Prokofiev. I was very flattered by this complement, but I was ashamed to admit that I had never heard any of their work. So, I headed to amazondotcom and purchased these fine CD's . . .