Friday, September 12, 2008

Friday Finds

Believe it or not, I only got one new book this week, Daniel Pennac's

The Rights of the Reader, a fun little book of essays and thoughts by one of France's leading fiction writers, about, of all things, reading. Pennac is also a teacher and uses this book to talk about the importance of reading for children.

I've only glanced through it briefly so far but one thing that's cool is the list on the back cover. I quote:

The Rights of the Reader
  1. The right not to read.
  2. The right to skip.
  3. The right not to finish a book.
  4. The right to read it again.
  5. The right to read anything.
  6. The right to mistake a book for real life.
  7. The right to read anywhere.
  8. The right to dip in.
  9. The right to read out loud.
  10. The right to be quiet.
I would add, the right to not like a book. What rights would you add


Icedream said...

I would add,
The right to read the last page first.
The right to recommend a book you loved to someone else.
I don't do the first but I am so guilty of doing the second.

Sandra said...

1)the right to move your lips
2)the right to weep
3)the right to laugh out loud

Anonymous said...

* The right to talk about(and quote from) the book
* The right to be still and let it sit with you
* The right to make notes in your book (yes! It's *your* book, you can do this!)

Anonymous said...

That sounds like a fun book!

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tanabata said...

The right to buy or acquire more books than you could possibly read in one lifetime! ;)

Anonymous said...

I love #6 - right to mistake a book for real life.

The right to speak anything about the book.
The right to mark the book.
The right to read all day.
The right to buy as many as I want.
The right to devour it.
The right to be snobbish.
The right to not review a book.

moazzam sheikh said...

right to become one with the book

right to split it in two

- moazzam

wisteria said...

The right to read alone in solitude.

Serena said...

I think this is a great list!

The right to find inspiration for your own writing in the book!