Book recommendations from dreams

15 Sep

I wonder if any of my readers have ever had the experience of having book recommend in a dream? This has happened to me twice in the recent past.
Considering how much I read, I am surprised that books don’t come up more often in my dreams. I frequently dream of being in bookstores, but rarely do I remember dreaming about specific books or the act of reading.

The first book I remember dreaming about was a math textbook, Hungerford’s Abstract Algebra. Hungerford was one of my professors and I read parts of this book when I took his class.

The second book is the Jerusalem Bible, I think that this might be related to my recent interest in the ideas of Julian Jaynes, who recommended comparing the book of Amos with Ecclesiastes to understand his theory of cognitive change. I was aware of this translation, Asimov speaks of it in his book on the Bible.

I did, not too long ago, have a dream about being in India and taking the bus from Delhi to Bihar. I have been in Delhi but never to Bihar. The very next day I was at a used bookstore and pulled a book off the shelf, titled Champaran and Gandhi, and discovered it was about Gandhi’s work in Bihar. Naturally, I purchased it. But, since I often look at books on India, I don’t regard this as a particularly surprising coincidence.

I do plan to read all three books.

8 Responses to “Book recommendations from dreams”

  1. Kathy H September 15, 2017 at 4:46 pm #

    You obviously enjoy reading. I have never dreamt of reading books although I’ve had nightmares where I am doing long division that never ends.

    • jecgenovese September 17, 2017 at 12:28 pm #

      I have had dreams of taking math exams. Usually, they follow a similar plot – I have enrolled in a math class and forgotten to attend class, and now I must take the final exam.
      I do have a lot of dreams about being in schools.

  2. Enrique Guerra-Pujol September 16, 2017 at 8:46 am #

    Alas, that hasn’t ever happened to me (yet), but now that you mention this, I wonder if my next dream will have a book in it. (On a different note, I once saw an Argentinian film many years ago with the folllowing premise: a “dream machine”. You hooked into the machine after having a dream and it would replay your dream for you on a TV monitor.

    • jecgenovese September 17, 2017 at 12:25 pm #

      I shudder at the thought of my dreams having video output!

      • Enrique Guerra-Pujol September 18, 2017 at 12:42 am #

        Shudder … in ecstasy or in fear??!!

      • Kathy H September 18, 2017 at 4:35 pm #

        I put my money on fear. My most vivid dreams are the ones that are nightmares.

  3. Teresa Kammerman September 30, 2017 at 9:59 pm #

    I think you should interpret your dreams and then play the lottery.


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