The Gist Read wisely, choosing books based on their value, not their novelty. There is little gained by trying to read as many books as possible as fast as you can. Instead, you should drink deeply.…
Lindy Effect, which says the longer a work survives, the longer its life expectancy.
Great books nourish your mind, though plenty of good ones tell their stories well despite the empty calories. Much like your taste for certain foods changes as you mature, at some point you come to prefer great literature to pulp fiction. Part of that change comes from recognizing that you are eventually going to run out of time—that some book will be the last book you ever read.
The reason a book enters the canon is because it has been valuable over hundreds or even thousands of years. Books that are continually reprinted tend to be books that are worth reading.