June 13, 2014
Is There Anything We Should Not Read?
There are great books and there are books that are not really worth your time.
The problem, however, is to figure out which books are worth reading and which aren't.
The only way to do this is to....
...read all kinds of things.
Some books are controversial, some are rushed or sensationalistic and some are so wonderful that we are sad (but satisfied) when we turn the final page.
One book that you like will lead to another, and one tedious or offensive book will turn you away from the entire genre.
I rarely read fiction lately, but I have spent many delightful hours merging into the imaginary world of gifted writers.
I would encourage anyone to poke around a local library or book shop and just pick up what suits your mood.
Don't worry about what is popular, or even 'good'. Just roll with whatever comes your way.
I have enjoyed biographies, poetry, histories, even screenplays.
The famous writer, Judy Blume has some good advice on reading here - http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2014/06/judy-blume-speaks-out-against-censorship.html.
As far as I am concerned, any reading is good reading. Any reading is better than staring at a screen.
And, as Judy Blume told a group of her young listeners, “I say go and read. Read what you like to read.”
Posted by mmorf at June 13, 2014 11:14 PM