The Inviolable Rights of the Reader

Set aside the rigid reading model of your childhood, the one that guilts you in to reading every word, page, and chapter in a book. How many times have you, as a reader, been stoic and endured the unnecessary pain and misery of finishing a bad book. Some books do not deserve to be read to the end.

Daniel Pennac offers children (and those adults who never learned otherwise) an alternative; with his Inviolable Rights of the Reader1 he offers a way to make reading fun again.

  1. The right not to read
  2. The right to skip pages
  3. The right not to finish a book
  4. The right not to re-read
  5. The right to read anything
  6. The right to ‘bovarysme’ (a textually transmissible disease)
  7. The right to read anywhere
  8. The right to browse
  9. The right to read out loud
  10. The right to remain silent (not to have to comment on what has been read)
  1. Pennac, D. (1994). Reads like a novel. London: Quartet Books.>