I felt my brain waking up during this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast.

My guest is Alan Jacobs, Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the Honors Program at Baylor University, and author of The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction (goodness, I *love* that book).

It was such a delight to have him on the show to talk about those “shoulds” that often trip us up as readers, parents, and educators.

He invites us to read at whim, develop our own reading taste, and raise kids who do the same. Don’t miss this one!

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • why it’s important to develop your own taste, and to let your kids do the same
  • the value of reading books that don’t bring you joy
  • and Alan’s answer to the question: What is reading for? (this part is SO good)

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2:12Question: Should I worry when my child is behind in reading levels?
3:23How reading ‘requirements’ have changed
10:07Reading at whim
12:10Trusting your gut
16:20Broccoli vs. a hot fudge sundae
18:03Francis Bacon … ‘some books should be tasted’
19:29Austin Kleon … ‘it’s just not for me’
23:03Fear in choosing books
25:54Books we love vs. important works
31:40The surprising delight of reading on a Kindle
36:48What is reading for?
46:20Let the kids speak

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Quotes to remember:

“I truly think I would rather read an indifferent book on a lark than a fine one according to schedule and plan.” – Alan Jacobs in The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction

“Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested.” – Francis Bacon

“When your kids sit down and you say, ‘You’re going to read this for an hour,’ …regardless of what they’re reading, one of the things you’re doing is giving them an hour’s practice in being attentive. That is huge in our society today.” – Alan Jacobs

Books from this episode:

Episode 145
The Man Who Was Thursday
The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction
The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography (Lives of Great Religious Books)
The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C. S. Lewis
How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds
The Recognitions (American Literature (Dalkey Archive))
The Confessions
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell: A Novel

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