You should never read just for “enjoyment.” Read to make yourself smarter! Less judgmental. More apt to understand your friends’ insane behavior, or better yet, your own. Pick “hard books.” Ones you have to concentrate on while reading. And for god’s sake, don’t let me ever hear you say, “I can’t read fiction. I only have time for the truth.” Fiction is the truth, fool! Ever hear of “literature”? That means fiction, too, stupid.
On the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars and so on—while all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons.
Douglas Adams, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (via feeling-natures-glow)
[Is it not Towel Day yet?]
Who is currently your favorite author?
What is your current favorite work of fiction?
What is your favorite current work of non fiction?
From that time on, the world was hers for the reading. She would never be lonely again, never miss the lack of intimate friends. Books became her friends and there was one for every mood. There was poetry for quiet companionship. There was adventure when she tired of quiet hours. There would be love stories when she came into adolescence and when she wanted to feel a closeness to someone she could read a biography. On that day when she first knew she could read, she made a vow to read one book a day as long as she lived.
1. Try and leave your credit card at home.
2. Never take anyone with you who is in a hurry.
3. Make sure you bring your book list. Your brain will short circuit trying to focus on all the books as well as trying to remember which ones you need.
4. Try and leave your credit card at home.
5. If you do not own a copy of a particular book don’t ever assume you can come back and get that book later. It will never be there when you go back!
6. Once you have everything selected, ask yourself, “Can I really afford all these books?”
7. Convince yourself that you can and hurry to the check out counter!
Do you know why books such as this are so important? Because they have quality. And what does the word quality mean? To me it means texture. This book has pores. It has features. This book can go under the microscope. You’d find life under the glass, streaming past in infinite profusion. The more pores, the more truthfully recorded details of life per square inch you can get on a sheet of paper, the more ‘literary’ you are. That’s my definition anyway. Telling detail. Fresh detail. The good writers touch life often. The mediocre ones run a quick hand over her. The bad ones rape her and leave her for the flies. So now you see why books are hated and feared? They show the pores in the face of life.
1. Is the price of a book relative to its condition important to you? (For example, would you pay $1.00 for a book in really bad condition as long as it was merely readable?)
2. When you shop for books do you prefer the book to be in good condition?
3. If you could get a book in good condition at 50% off its cover price, would you buy that book?