“You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.”
“A book is a gift you can open again and again.”
“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
How often do you read? Is it something you do every once in a while? Or can you not go a day without it? I tend to fall in the latter category. I never go anywhere without my Kindle, and much of the décor around my house centers around books. Combine those things with my love of lists and you get Goodreads! When I found Goodreads, my head almost exploded. It’s. AWESOME. My tastes are relatively limited, but diverse. I love crime/detective fiction and contemporary romance/romantic suspense. Don’t ask. I couldn’t explain it if I tried! Needless to say, I spend a lot of time on Goodreads, looking for new reading material and browsing reviews. During one of these browsing sessions, I stumbled across the “Reader’s Bill of Rights,” by Daniel Pennac. They are as follows:
- The right to not read.
- The right to skip pages.
- The right to not finish.
- The right to reread.
- The right to read anything.
- The right to escapism.
- The right to read anywhere.
- The right to browse.
- The right to read aloud.
- The right to not defend your tastes.
Aren’t these fantastic? I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve started a book, hated it, and then felt like I should finish it just for the sake of finishing it. And, if my “Read” list on Goodreads is any indication, there are some books in my list that are the equivalent of defending Vanilla Ice in your music collection.
I’ve done the Reading Challenge every year since 2013, and so far I’ve met it every year. It’s almost tragic how proud I am of this. This year, my goal is 175 books, and so far I’ve read 75 (It’s also tragic how proud I am of that).