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No Book Left Unread August 17, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — mirymom @ 10:58 am

Dave makes an interesting point. Are there books that aren’t worth your time? If so, what kind?

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There are many movements that seek to impose a certain type of book on people: people should make an effort to read books by ethnic minorities, people should commit to read only books by women for a year, people should only read books with diverse casts. I have the same doubts about reducing books down to a single broad trait of the author as I do about all positive discrimination, but I am more concerned with the hidden axiom beneath them all: certain books have no value.

Yesterday’s Goodread’s quote is from Maria Semple (ironically one of the writers of Beverly Hills 90210, which might be described as fluffy summery in feel):

I never understood the concept of a fluffy summer read. For me, summer reading means beaches, long train rides and layovers in foreign airports. All of which call for escaping into really long books.

– Maria Semple

Those…

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One Response to “No Book Left Unread”

  1. Dave Higgins Says:

    My point grew from reading books for the first time: potentially, the more times you have read a book, the greater the chance you have internalised the life lessons and knowledge within. So, a book that didn’t also entertain you might be less worth re-reading at some point.

    Whether that value ever dropped to zero is a question that probably won’t affect anyone in real life; even the most extreme readers are unlikely to read all the books in existence enough times to exhaust them.


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