How to read great books during the National Year of Reading
In a recent article in The Guardian, bibliophile Rick Gekoski asked What’s the definition of a great book? And in this National Year of Reading 2012 what better time to read as many great books as you can.
And how to do that? By picking up books and reading and reading and reading and reading. Here’s Rick Gekoski’s advice :
What is a masterpiece? Crime and Punishment. Hamlet. To His Coy Mistress. Ulysses. Madame Bovary. How does one know this? By having read a hell of a lot. Something only stands out from a crowd when there is a crowd to stand out from. This is one of many reasons to read as widely as you can: not only is it more fun and more edifying, it helps you to make distinctions between the quality, and the qualities, of one thing when you set it against another. One element of our experience of reading is inescapably comparative.
So, you might encounter some duds on your way, like your Library staff did last year, but they will also inform you better about great books. And if you’ve borrowed those books (or audio books or DVDs or music) from the Library those duds won’t matter.
A reminder of the National Year of Reading monthly themes:
January: The amazing read
February : Laugh
March : Think
April : Feel
May : Escape
June : Dream
July : Discover
August : Question
September : Grow
October : Explore
November : Cry
December : Love2read
So let’s get started. January’s theme is The Amazing Read
The children of our community have already got on board with The Amazing Read Summer Reading Challenge. The Summer Reading Challenge has been in full swing since the 1st December but if you have little ones you can sign them up and get them reading during the summer holidays – much better than watching TV or playing computer games.
We are asking the children to sign up to read at least 20 library books and record which ones they have read on a log sheet. Upon joining the Challenge each child gets a pcack with a Library bag, book mark andother goodies. For each log sheet handed in the children will receive a $5 book voucher to spend at either the Turning Page book shop in Springwood or Megalong Books in Leura (thank you to both these businesses which support the Library in numerous ways). There’s no lower age limit – I personally have signed up an 8 week old baby and children up to the age of 16 can join in.
All the library branches are in hot competition to be the one which enrols the most number of children in the programme – support your local branch and do your kids a big favour. The Summer Reading Challenge will run until January 31st, 2012.
Adults can start their own reading challenge and promise themselves to read at least one book based on the National Year of Reading themes. The themes are pretty broad so it shouldn’t be difficult to make something you read fit.
So treat yourself and read something Amazing this January. Anything that has wowed you because of it’s beauty, because it’s surprised you, taught you something you didn’t know or caught your breath in any way will count. Use the Comments facility to let us know how you go.
Posted on January 2, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged Books and Reading, Children's Events, Library Events, Library Services, National Year of Reading, Summer Reading Challenge. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.