Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits


The 10 Inalienable Rights of the Reader — Agree, Disagree?

July 20th, 2015

Episode 93 of 540 episodes

Today is List Day, or Tip Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday, back by popular demand: the 10 inalienable rights of the reader. A thoughtful reader pointed out a wonderful list written by French author Daniel Pennac, in The Rights of the Reader. As someone who loves to read–practically to the exclusion of everything else–I love this list. The 10 Inalienable Rights of the Reader 1. The right not to read 2. The right to skip 3. The right not to finish a book — this was a habit I cultivated as part of my research for Better Than Before. Now I have so much more time to read the books I love. 4. The right to re-read — I love to re-read 5. The right to read anything 6. The right to “Bovary-ism,” a textually transmitted disease (the right to mistake a book for real life) 7. The right to read anywhere 8. The right to dip in — my husband got me started on the practice of reading multiple books at once 9. The right to read out loud — my younger daughter reads aloud to me every night, such a wonderful tradition 10. The right to be silent If you’d like to see the list as ...

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