Reason for Reading: Dewey Reading Challenge
"Books are, let's face it, better than everything else," writes Nick Hornby in his "Stuff I've Been Reading" column in The Believer. "If we played cultural Fantasy Boxing League, and made books go 15 rounds in the ring against the best that any other art form had to offer, then books would win pretty much every time. Go on, try it. The Magic Flute v. Middlemarch? Middlemarch in six. The Last Supper v. Crime and Punishment? Fyodor on point And every now and again you'd get a shock, because that happens in sport, so Back to the Future III might land a lucky punch on Rabbit, Run; but I'm still backing literature 29 times out of 30." This book collects Hornby's popular columns in a single, artfully illustrated volume with selected passages from the novels, biographies, collections of poetry, and comics under discussion.Dear Dewey,
This is another book that I had no idea that you read. I was very happy with your review. It could easily be mine. I did like The Polysyllabic Spree, but I didn't really add all that many books to my TBR pile, either. I was more interested in hearing what he thought about the books I have read! It goes to the whole concept of how I don't read reviews of books I have never read and I very often do not read the back of books. I like to make my own opinions, I suppose. So, I did read the book, but not in a lot of depth. I plan to read the sequels, and I hummed and hawed over buying them, but chances are I will just wait until they come in for me at the library. I am glad you had mostly the same idea about the book!
One thing I really enjoyed about Hornby's book is when he admitted he didn't list everything that he bought. I do that! I am better this year, but mostly I pretend that I am an angel and no books entered my house at all! It's more the amount that has entered over the years scares me, so I like to hide from it. He talks about books you really just buy to put on the shelf, and I so do that too! I am aiming for about June to quiet down at the library and actually read my own books. We will see how that works out!
Anyways, I was very happy to see that you had the same idea behind this book. I was feeling a little alone because everyone seemed to love it! And, I mean, I didn't hate it, but you know what I mean!
Until next time...
To read Dewey's review of this book, click here.