Don’t run from your tastes.
Don’t get scared away from reading because you refuse to, at least occasionally, indulge in something you really like to read. If you embark on the journey toward wisdom and set out to read the 100 best novels ever written or the 100 greatest works of literature you may never have a sense of your own reading identity.
I, hereby, give you permission and even encourage you to read something that other people consider less than sophisticated if you will enjoy doing it.
Be careful about being the person that wants to have read something, instead of the person that wants to be reading something.
Be in the moment with your reading. Ambition is fine. Ambition is natural. Living in a state of constant anxiety, however, is unnatural.
You will never read everything. Stop worrying so much about what you haven’t read and focus on what you are reading.
Be present in your reading. You will find the experience more rewarding and relaxing. You will also find you get more joy and knowledge from the experience.
Books lists are fun, in theory. Systematic reading a stack of suggestions based on their literary merit is fun, in theory. Use lists to discover interests.
In practice, though, the best way to read is where your mind and heart are at the time. That is where you want to be so your focus will consume less energy.