I don't remember a time when I didn't know how to read. [opening of Why We Read]
Everyone deserves the opportunity to read a familiar story, well told. The pleasure is not in discovering the plot but finding out what kind of characters the author has chosen to walk well-trodden paths, and how the expected beats (the finding of the body! the meet-cute! the realization that the the robot does not mean well!) will be incorporated in this particular version. [excerpt from 56% Why We Read]
This excerpt is from the author's essay "For Comfort" and is all about comfort reading.
Why We Read: On Bookworms, Libraries, and Just One More Page Before Lights Out by Shannon Reed
A hilarious and incisive exploration of the joys of reading from a teacher, bibliophile and Thurber Prize finalist.We read to escape, to learn, to find love, to feel seen. We read to encounter new worlds, to discover new recipes, to find connection across difference, or simply to pass a rainy afternoon. No matter the reason, books have the power to keep us safe, to challenge us, and perhaps most importantly, to make us more fully human.Shannon Reed, a longtime teacher, lifelong reader, and New Yorker contributor, gets it. With one simple goal in mind, she makes the case that we should read for pleasure above all else. In this whip-smart, laugh-out-loud-funny collection, Reed shares surprising stories from her life as a reader and the poignant ways in which books have impacted her students. From the varied novels she cherishes (Gone Girl, Their Eyes Were Watching God) to the ones she didn’t (Tess of the d’Urbervilles), Reed takes us on a rollicking tour through the comforting world of literature, celebrating the books we love, the readers who love them, and the surprising ways in which literature can transform us for the better. [Goodreads Summary]
What's the last book you re-read? Did you like as much as the first read?
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Do you post Happy Publication Day posts for books you read? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Review)
The short answer is no, I do not. The closest I come is sometimes participating in the Can't-Wait Wednesday weekly feature hosted by the marvelous Tressa at Wishful Endings, in which I share upcoming releases I have added to my wish list and am eager to read.
What about you?
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