Wednesday, February 2, 2011
How to Read Leaves
Before I started reading Leaves, I wondered if I was going about it all wrong. If instead of reading the book cover to cover, I should keep it around and read a verse or two every day, to allow them to properly sink in. However, when I started reading Leaves, I realized that both the way that I was actually reading it (i.e. 20 minutes to a half an hour each night) and the way that I thought I should have read it were both wrong. I think that the way one should really read Leaves is to devote an afternoon to it, and read it all the way through in one sitting, with pen in hand for underlining.
Was it life changing? No. But if I see it at a used book sale, I will pick it up so that I have a copy to keep. However, it was on my TBR list for over a year, and I was at plenty of used book sales during that time. I think that like The Bible and The Prophet, people who own Leaves of Grass keep it.
Next up: Great House by Nicole Krauss
Still Listening to: The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai