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