“Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested….” –Francis Bacon
Why do you read? Why do any of us read? Is it to jump into another world, to grow your mind, or for another reason entirely? I haven't been reading as much as I normally do. Without a lot of time in my car this summer, I didn't gorge on audiobooks. And since I was out of town a lot or trying to actually be a productive writer, I didn't get many "real" books from the library. I don't like it. I feel lost without a book to chew on.
I spotted the quote above as I was reading through Colorado's state
English Language Arts standards. It speaks to me because I have always
enjoyed books of all types: those that are tasted, swallowed, or chewed
and digested. The last really chewy book I read was For Whom the Bell Tolls. I want to find another classic like that to dive into.
I am "tasting" a book right now: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah Maas. I haven't quite decided if it's truly to my taste, but it came on a recommendation from a bookish friend I trust. When it comes to book I gulp up, the answer is Beauty by Robin McKinley, hands down. I'm not reading each of these books to give my mind a good workout–I like to read a variety of genres to keep things interesting.
What do you think of Francis Bacon's quote? Do you think we should read with such lofty goals in mind?
Michelle is in Week Two of her teacher's seminar, and even though it's only Monday, her brain is already exploding with information.