Tuesday, October 25, 2016

There is only one way to read, which is to browse in libraries and bookshops, picking up books that attract you, and reading only those, dropping them when they bore you, skipping the parts that drag - and never, never reading anything because you feel you ought, or because it is part of a trend or a movement. Remember that the book which bores you when you are twenty or thirty will open doors for you when you are forty or fifty - and vice-versa. Don't read a book out of its time for you.
~Doris Lessing

[I think this quote is quite possibly the truest thing I've ever come across regarding books and reading.]


Jenny said...

Very lovely! I'm really working on the dropping books that don't interest me.

Connie said...

This makes great sense to me too. I especially like that last sentence.

auntp said...

I love that quote, and I, too, would like to get better at stopping a book when I lose interest. Very hard for me to do. I keep thinking it will get better, and sometimes it does, but not always.