Editor's Corner (March/April)

By: Amy Reynolds

Like most of you, I was taught how to read and handle a book. "Never bend the pages!" "Don't write in a book!" "A book must be read from front to back and finished!" As a bookseller for over forty years, I confess to breaking all those rules and more. My husband was the first person I knew who read a book backwards. I was aghast but have tried it myself and found it to be a useful approach at times. An unscientific poll of booksellers tells me that they always read the dedication but not always the introduction and that it's okay not to finish every book you begin.

Keri Smith encouraged "owning" a book with her best-selling Wreck This Journal, available in black, red, duct tape or plain brown paper.

Mortimer Adler in his How To Read a Book writes, "The act of purchase is actually only the prelude to possession in the case of a book. Full ownership of a book comes when you have made it a part of yourself... by writing in it." So get out that highlighter and even an ink pen and take notes, underline meaningful passages, find the significance. Engage with the book to increase your pleasure, understanding and enjoyment.

 

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