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Friday, April 6, 2012

What to Read


One of my wise friends told me of a man who figured out, based on actuarial tables and his own reading pace, how many books he would be able to read in the remaining years of his life. He actually made a list of those books. If someone suggested a title to him, he declined, not matter how positive the recommendation. The book just was not on the list.

I used to read every book I checked out from the library from cover to cover. With age and permission from myself, I now quit books that do not appeal to me! And I do not even feel guilty about it. I might do that today with one I know I should read. It would be good for me to know more about Catherine the Great, I suppose.

I like that children in our school have that the same permission to bring back books they do not especially like. They return, asking me if we have any good books. Certainly.

6 comments:

  1. Why does it take us so long to figure out so simple: books do not have to be read from beginning to end, if it doesn't grap your attention, imagination and interest after so many pages. Hoorah for kids who know what they like or don't like and who are true to themselves!!

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  2. ah, could i press a reset button and begin this adventure in reading again? it would be wonderful to have you as a tour guide from the start. lucky, lucky children. you set a good example in so many ways.

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  3. It took me a long time as well to learn that I don't have to finish every book that I start. I agree with brattcat; if only you had been the librarian at my school when I was growing up! And even though I am older than you, you are still teaching me much. As a matter of fact, I can't wait to turn off the computer and start a book you recommended: Breaking Stalin's Nose.

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  4. Yes, if only we'd had Quentin Blake's delightfully illustrated poster of Daniel Pennac's "The Rights of the Reader." Number 3 is "The right not to finish a book."

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  5. All of you must have come to this realization far before I did. I'd forgotten about "The Rights of the Reader" and am grateful for the reminder, Joyce. We should post that at school. Interestingly, David, my teaching partner got an earful of groans this morning when she ended after a certain chapter in Breaking Stalin's Nose this morning; they all want to know what happens.

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  6. I didn't have to wait to find out what happens...I read the book in one night. Thanks for making me aware of this important book.

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