Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010...8:38 am
Nancy Pearl and the Rule of 50
RULE: Give a book 50 pages. Don’t like it after 50? Stop reading. Bring back to library. No questions asked!
Reading is freedom:
- Freedom to read what YOU like, not what the “experts” say you should like.
- Freedom to try anything.
- Freedom to read both highbrow and lowbrow.
- Freedom to stretch yourself.
Life is too short to read uninteresting books! Give yourself permission to try—and to skip—new books.
Nancy Pearl is as close as librarians get to Rock Star status. She has read EVERYTHING and written multiple books (Book Lust, More Book Lust) on picking books that YOU want to read. She also encourages readers to read what they like in any genre, not just what the experts (or Oprah!) say you should read.
Plus, she is the human model for the Librarian Action Figure, with Amazing Shushing Action!
What books did not make your Rule of 50?
(Confession: I have never finished Pride and Prejudice, though I was assigned it for multiple classes. And I threw Eat, Pray, Love across the room. I had enough of the whining after 5 pages.)