Monday, 21 December 2009

The Rights of the Reader

The Books, Time, and Silence 10 Days of Christmas - Day 6

My friend Sarah over at Norfolk Bookworm who, like me, has lost her reading mojo this past year, has just introduced me to Daniel Pennac's book, The Rights of the Reader. With the New Year just around the corner, I thought I would post this timely reminder that reading should be above all enjoyable.

I hearby promise myself that I will remember these at all times when selecting which books to read in 2010.

Daniel Pennac's 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

1 comment:

Sam Ruddock said...

Already these rules have helped improve my reading. I didn't feel so bad last night when skim-reading the endless correspondance passages in 'Possession' and as a result read over 100 pages which is more than I have done for well over two months.

And because I read so much, I got into the story and really enjoyed it.

Thank you, Daniel Pennac, you have liberated me from guilt (at least for now.)