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V. S. Naipaul on How to Be A Good Student of English Literature

    V. S. Naipaul is a winner of Nobel Prize in Literature, the Booker Prize. He’s the author of House of Mr. Biswas, A Bend in the River, and numerous other books. Between Father and Son: Family Letters is a poignant collection of letters he exchanged mostly with his father and elder sister while […]

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Ask the Readers: How Do You Decide Which Books to Read?

image by practicalowl So many books to read….so little time! That’s a perpetual problem for even the most devoted of readers. If you are like me, your buying speed far exceeds your reading speed, and so even in my house, I have hundreds of books I have not yet read. Yet, each trip to the book […]

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The Best Kind of Books

 image by 0olong   Reading, to those who see books as living, breathing things, is not an optional activity. It is not a hobby, nor something one does only to kill time. It is not a weekend-only, or vacation-only task. It is as essential as breathing, to be done as much as possible, in whatever […]

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Is Literature Necessary?

 image by auntiep I was changed by literature, not by cautionary or exhortatory literature, but by the truth as I found it in literature. I recognize the world in a different way because of it, and I continue to be influenced in that way by it. Opened up, made more alert, and called to a […]

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5 Reasons Why You Should Write In Your Books

image – my copy of Lolita, marked up   There was a time when I would have said it was criminal to make any marks in a book. I look after my books. To treat books with care is natural for me. I don’t ever remember thinking, I must be more careful with my books. […]

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The Inadequacy of Not Having Read Enough

image by Dolly Garland   This is actually a problem more common for voracious readers rather than those who barely read. Those who barely read either don’t care, or consider reading a book a year a height of achievement. I envy them that illusion. For those of us who do love reading, however, are painfully […]

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