Posted by: bluesyemre | October 17, 2014

Reading should be one of life’s joys, not a duty by Laura Thompson #reading #books

pile of books


  • ‘Difficult’ books can be rewarding – but there’s no shame in not getting to the end. Nick Hornby, who knows a thing or two about the subject, has been holding forth on books and how to make them a part of one’s life. “I’m passionate about reading and what reading can do for you,” he said, before going on to suggest that this should not be undertaken in a spirit of “duty”, rather with the same sense of pleasure with which one watches the television. If people are not enjoying a book, said Hornby, they should close the damn thing and stop reading it. My instant reaction to this was a sense of laughing relief, that somebody had not only admitted to doing such a thing, but had portrayed it as a positive act. Why on earth should anybody read a book if it is not fulfilling its most basic requirement, which is to entertain?


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