The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction
In this book, Alan Jacobs argues that, contrary to the doomsayers, reading is alive and well in America. There are millions of devoted readers supporting hundreds of enormous book...more
I doubt few of us here on Goodreads need to be reminded of the pleasures of reading. It's something we experience every day, as much and as often as time permits.
Here Jacobs discusses how his reading habits have changed since the advent (and distractions) of electronic devices:
I get twitchy within just a few minutes of sitting down with a book—I have noticed that ...more
The author goes to great lengths to avoid presenting a “how to be a better reader” tract. He hates that many people read purely for information or because they feel they must read certain books. His goal is to have you rediscover joy i ...more
A nice discourse on 21st century readerly anxieties -- our deficient attention spans, our ambitions and egos about the books we read and how school has both helped and harmed our reading habits. Jacobs's style is ironically a little distracting at times; his sentences are very long, if clever, and he interrupts almost every page with a foot note that takes up half the space for regular text on several two-page spreads -- but I liked this a lot, even though I was glad when ...more
کتاب شیرین و خوبی بود..
اما نه به شیرینی و خوشخوانی سایر کتاب های نشر ترجمان در حوزه کتاب های درباره کتاب.
قطعا کتاب بازهای قهار از خوندن کتاب لذت میبرند و نکات خیلی جالب و شیرین و وصف الحال گونه متعدد در کتاب خواهند یافت، اما ترجمه نه چندان خوب و یکدست، ارجاعات بیش از حد و ابهامات کتاب گاه عیش مدام انسان رو منقوص میکنه.
نمره من به کتاب از منظر ذوقی چهار و از دیدگاه کيفی سه است.
Those who have always disliked reading, or who have been left indifferent by it, may find little of interest here. But those who have caught a glimpse of what reading can give - pleasure, wisdom, joy - even if that glimpse came long ago, are the audience for whom this book was written.
And it is indeed a book that lovers of reading will love. Jacobs' own love of reading comes through in this carefully crafted contem ...more
A book for readers about reading - perfect! I did really like this delightful little book and found many worthwhile nuggets. His thoughts on rereading were probably my favorite. A few favorite quotes:
“A first encounter with a worthwhile book is never a complete encounter, and we are usually in error to make it a final one.”
“I mentioned early in this book the kind of rereading distinctive of a fan--the Tolkien addict, say, or the devotee of Jane Austen or Trollope or the Harry Potter ...more
Jimmy Kimmel recently (May 2018) cited a Pew Research Center study (March 2018) that reported that only about 1 in 4 people read a book last year; Kimmel send a team out to ask people to name a book—any book, such as the Bible or Fifty Shades of Grey. It did not go well.
Ironic perhaps, but this little book about the pleasures of reading filled me with such immense pleasure. Jacobs makes it very clear that he doesn’t want to tell us what to read but rather introduces some concepts he believes enrich our reading experience. Among them is the concept of “whim”. Don’t make long lists of books you want to read in a certain ...more
Those who loved to read, or remember when they loved to read, but have since wandered off the reading path with will both enjoy and be encouraged by this book. Jacobs' love for books and anecdote's about others' love for books can't ...more
But Jacob wants to put the pleasure back in reading and reading what you want to read, because reading is first and foremost about pleasure and secondarily about gaining information.
This isn't a perfect book, but it's light and fun in spots. The theologian in me ...more
As I mentioned, the book started a little slow, on why we read and why we should read at whim. Since I already do read a lot, and mostly at whim, ...more
This book is sort of a strange mishmash of reading science, theories on what to read and why, and tons of ...more
Instead, this book brings up issues that face readers. How do we pick the books we do read? Do we follow our own desires or do we look to others ...more
And I couldn't have written this one anyway. Mr. Jacobs is a much more dedicated reader than I will ever be. But -big but- he is in no way a pr ...more
ေကာငးကြကေတြ ရွိသလို တခါတေလၾက ဇာခဲ႕ေရးေနသလို ခံစားရတယ။
အဓိက သူေျပာခငတာကေတာ စာဖတရင စိတပါမွ ဖတ ဆိုတာပဲ။
ဘယစာအုပေတြကို ဖတ တို႔၊ လိုကနာရမည စာဖတနညးနာမားဆိုတာေတြကို ဆန႔ကငေရးထားတာ။
ဘုနးေတာႀကီး Hughရဲ႕ အၾကံဉာဏဆိုတဲ အခနးေလးကေတာ သိပမဆိုးလို႔ ဘာသာျပန ဒါမွမဟုတ မွတစုသေဘာမိဳး ျပနေရးဖို႔ ေတးထားတယ။ ...more
Jacobs' book is a paean to the joys of reading, a discussion of whether reading is going downhill or on the rise (it's the latter), a discussion on whether it's necessary to follow slavishly through books like The 1001 Books You Must Read Before You die, or whether it's better to read on a Whim (and he explains that a Whim with a capital W is somewhat different to a whim without the capital).
He show ...more
My work is hard to describe, at least for me, because i ...more