Neil Gaiman on Reading Books You Love

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Unfortunately, in the world of books as well as the larger world, human beings often create artificial divisions. Sometimes, even in the academic world of which I am a part and which I love, there are those who would try to dictate what the best books are and what you should read. Sometimes books that come from genres are considered less than so-called literary books, and I completely disagree with that assessment.

In his “Newberry Medal Acceptance Speech,” following the text of his wonderful novel The Graveyard Book, Mr. Gaiman speaks to the question of what books to read.

He says, “It was as if some people believed there was a divide between the books that you were permitted to enjoy and the books that were good for you, and I was expected to choose sides. We were all expected to choose sides. And I didn’t believe it, and I still don’t.

I was, and still am, on the side of books you love.” (Gaiman 320)

I agree with this brilliant writer completely: read and cherish the books you love. Don’t let others tell you what you can and cannot read.

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16 thoughts on “Neil Gaiman on Reading Books You Love

  1. Some of the worst books I ever read came highly recommended. I prefer the books that find me while exploring old book stores…
    But I don’t limit myself and just took delivery on Nobody’s Perfect by Stephanie Butland. I’ve enjoyed several of her books. It was only released a few weeks ago so it is next in the pile by the sofa.

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  2. Thank you for another very empowering posting, Charles! I am sure it will give less known writers and authors the “push” they will need to proceed, and a lot of readers like me the mental support to read more. I hope you are well and stay save. Have a beautiful rest of the weekend! xx Michael

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  3. I often descend into ‘read through my faves from my home library’ instead of trying a new one – I read to learn, I read to keep informed, I read oh so much, to do my job – sometimes? I just want to shut down technology, pull a fave title from my book shelf, and escape into a beloved fave – And, well – it’s MY LIBRARY and I can stock it however I wish – – LOL

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