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Friday, May 13, 2011

The Pleasures of Reading

This book caught my eye on the New Atlantis website: an excerpt of the post is below. I highlighted my fav part - too many people think reading only counts if you're reading something "worthy". 

Many have absorbed the puritanical message that reading is, first and foremost, good for you — the intellectual equivalent of eating your Brussels sprouts. For such people, indeed for all readers, Jacobs offers some simple, powerful, and much needed advice: read at whim, read what gives you delight, and do so without shame, whether it be Stephen King or the King James Version of the Bible. Jacobs offers an insightful, accessible, and playfully irreverent guide for aspiring readers. Each chapter focuses on one aspect of approaching literary fiction, poetry, or nonfiction, and the book explores everything from the invention of silent reading, reading responsively, rereading, and reading on electronic devices.

(The AFPL doesn't own a copy of this yet, but it's just coming out so cross fingers... )
Update: Adams Park Branch now owns a copy of this book so you can put a hold on it and have it sent to Ocee - yay Adams Park!

Supposedly, 42% of college graduates never read another book after they leave school (statistic from here), perhaps because they come to associate reading with the kind of 'serious' books they had to slog through for class. Don't give up on books and all they have to offer though, just because International Macroeconomics, 2nd Ed. was a tad dry.  Feed your mind with all the joy words can offer :) and read anything that makes you happy!

Just Read!