NATIONAL YEAR OF READING... 2012 and every year!
Most people will read when they have to, but often people will have narrow comfort zones and they do not read outside of these fields.
Ben Okri was asked to compile a list of 10 books students should read before they left school,
but he presented the following. Be adventurous!
Ben Okri's '10 1/2 inclinations'
There is a secret trail of books meant to inspire and
Find that trail.
Read outside your own nation, colour, class, gender.
Read the books your parents love.
Read the books your parents hate.
Have one or two authors that are important, that
speak to you;
and make their works a secret passion.
Read widely, for fun, stimulation, escape.
Don't read what everyone else is reading.
Check them out later, cautiously.
Read what you’re not supposed to read.
Read for your own liberation and mental freedom.
Books are like mirrors.
Don’t just read the words. Go into the mirror.
That is where the real secrets are. Inside. Behind.
That’s where the gods dream, where our realities are born.
10½) Read the world. It is the most mysterious
book of all.
Ben Okri 2006. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.
Books are history in print... books are beautiful.
Six books in one from late 16th Century.
Books contain our social history.
Neil Gaiman on the importance of reading, daydreaming (and libraries too) 16 Oct 2013
Nicola Morgan on Fearing teens reading bleak books Well worth reading.
'Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside a dog it is too dark to read! ' (Groucho Marx)
Insideadog is a fantastic social site for readers from Victoria.
Includes the annual Inkys book awards and book clubs.