Right Book at the Right Time
Doris Lessing said, "There is only one way to read, which is to browse in libraries and bookshops, picking up books that attract you, reading only those, dropping them when they bore you, skipping the parts that drag-and never, ever 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 right time for you."
Have you ever read the right book at the right time?
Thanks to moengey for suggesting this week's question.
For me, it was Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurrence Sterne. Such a delightfully impish funny book-I smile just thinking about it.
Nov 5, 2010 12:29 pm
I'm reading The Bootstrapper's Bible by Seth Godin on Daily Lit right now (among about 5 other books I have on the go scattered throughout my house). I get that "Ah HA" moment every time I read a new paragraph. I kept wishing I had read the book a year ago when I started my business, but then I realized it probably wouldn't have had the same impact. Reading this book now, allows me to look back on the last year with perspective - but more importantly - it's inspiring me towards the future.
Great question, and one that really has me thinking!
Thanks everyone :)
Nov 11, 2010 8:25 pm
I love that we recognize that words can be read at the right time... but more importantly words are mean things at the time we actually hear them. :) Daily Lit has been a what I heard and read and the right time! Thanks for the outreach.
Nov 12, 2010 3:31 pm
I think Daily Lit contributes greatly to getting me to read the right book at the right time. And I find that for most books it IS the right time. Only, so far the format wasn't quite right. For instance I've always intended to read Walden, bought the book years back, but never got down to it beyond a few pages. And then daily lit happened with its daily short bites and suddenly Walden is now changing my life AND I'm reading the hard copy in parallel.
Nov 18, 2010 1:41 pm