17 March 2012

Reading pleasure

I just finished The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs and really enjoyed it.  I've read Nicholas Carr's article "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" for library school so had a bit of background already for this book.  Jacobs admits that the web has changed things and made him more antsy but goes on to say that the reading experience on the Kindle is so great that it brought him back to reading long works.  He says if you need to start by having someone take your iphone away while you read, do it!


Jacobs is against "checklist reading" like the 1001 Books list and those types of things.  He's against teaching reading as something "good for you" like exercise or eating your veggies.  You should read on Whim and be perfectly fine with reading whatever you like.  He does suggest things, like reading poetry because it will start training your brain and is short, that will make you a better reader.  


It is a quick little book and one i highly recommend. 

2 comments:

  1. I'm against checklist reading too, it takes all the fun out of it! I'll keep a look out for this book :)

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  2. I used to be more of a checklist reader but i'm trying to let that go!

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