The Little Guide to Your Well-Read Life (Hardcover)
How to Get More Books in Your Life and More Life from Your Books
Levenger Press, 9781929154173, 123pp.
Publication Date: April 1, 2005
"Readers and want-to-be readers will be encouraged by the advice to read more, more widely and more systematically."-Michael Keller, university librarian, Stanford University
"An ideal gift for both sporadic and relentless readers."-James Mustich Jr., publisher of "A Common Reader"
"A worthy addition to even the most well-stocked personal library."-Ross King, author of "Michelangelo & The Pope's Ceiling"
"Do not set out to live a well-read life but rather your well-read life. No one can be well-read using someone else's reading list. Unless a book is good for you, you won't connect with it and gain from it. Just as no one can tell you how to lead your life, no one can tell you what to read for your life."
How do readers find more time to read? In "The Little Guide to Your Well-Read Life," Steve Leveen offers both inspiration and practical advice for bibliophiles on how to get more books in their life and more life from their books.
His recommendations are disarmingly refreshing, as when he advises when "not" to read a book and why not to feel guilty if you missed reading all those classics in school. He helps readers reorganize their bookshelves into a Library of Candidates that they actively build and a Living Library of books read with enthusiasm, and he emphasizes the value of creating a Bookography, or annotated list of your reading life. Separate chapters are devoted to the power of audio books and the merits of reading groups.
The author himself admits he came "late to thebookshelf," making this charming little guide all the more convincing.