Why Certain Books are Fondly Revered While Others Discarded

I have tracked every book I’ve finished reading since 1993.

The idea just popped into my head one day in middle school. I recorded the first year of books on a Brother word processor.

I remember sharing my “project” with a teacher in high school. She said she wished she’d kept a book log, too.

The regrets of the aged are often good indicators of what the young should (or shouldn’t) be doing. And so I kept going (not that I had planned to stop).

It’s been 20 years since I began tracking the books I read, and as I review my early logs, it becomes apparent why “classics” are classic. They are, generally speaking, the ones I remember most vividly.

So while I can’t provide any kind of objective measure for what makes a classic classic, I can make the argument that books that stand the test of time are those that are remembered best by a large number of people.

One reason I’ve never attempted to publish a book is because if I publish something I want it to be genuinely good. Not just something that sells, but something that has at least a small chance of enduring.

Anyway, I have put away my pride and will soon be releasing my first Kindle book. It will most certainly never be a classic, but I hope it will be useful.

More details soon.

-Ryan M. Healy

Ryan M. Healy

Ryan Healy is a financial copywriter and the author of Speed Writing for Nonfiction Writers. Since 2002, he has worked with scores of clients, including Agora Financial, Lombardi Publishing, and Contrarian Profits. He writes a popular blog about copywriting, advertising, and business growth, has been featured in publications like Feed Front magazine, and has been published on sites like WordStream.com, SmallBizClub.com, and MarketingForSuccess.com.