We know by one’s reading
His learning and breeding;
By what draws his laughter
We know his Hereafter.
Read nothing, laugh never —
The Sphinx was less clever!
READING, n. The general body of what one reads.
What are your thoughts about reading lists? Summer, winter, autumn, and spring clouds appear on many websites and blogs. Do you read books according to seasonal changes – heftier books for winter and loftier ones for summer? Or do you read books according to your mood? Perhaps books recommended by other people – people you know or people you don’t know?
Reading lists – daunt me. I feel incredibly small and ignorant just reading the titles on some lists. And before jumping in, trying to make me feel better, this feeling is not because of a low self-image, it’s something else. I know I can read any book – studious input of Mortimer Adler’s How To Read a Book proved it. However, I stopped reading lists.
I started reading the books on my shelf, but the feeling remained. Then I read this book, and I understood the feeling. As an eager learning to read and reading to learn child, the richness of English Literature was unknown to me – we did not speak English at home.
Joan Bodger penpointed the feeling: voidness – I missed some great children’s stories. This simple.
And now, now I’m going to start a reading list (for myself). A less daunting one. Who wants to contribute to my list?