May 23, 2010

Why Read? Quotes to make it clearer.

(some of )The Sisters' bookshelves
I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.  
Anna Quindlen, "Enough Bookshelves" 
New York Times, 7 August 1991

If you like the quote and you have coffee or tea at the ready, click here and read the full article. A lovely read.


  1. The Mom just read the article aloud during a breakfast of french toast.

    And we all loved it --The Big Sister can't wait to read "A Wrinkle in Time"-- they have listened to the book on tape 2 or 3 times.

    And we all agree about needing to know if Elizabeth marries Mr. Darcy.

    The Dad and I just got choked up, remembering the first swim, the first book --it is very lovely to read! Anna Quindlen is an amazing story-teller.

  2. What a lovely article for Sunday afternoon. Thank you for sharing.

    I keep meaning to ask if the Big Sister and the Little Sister would be willing to share some of their favorite books that might appeal to a little girl who is almost 5. We are looking for a wonderful new chapter book. Thank you!

  3. Thank you for sharing Quindlen's early-90's article. What a gift! I found myself writing down this: "Reading has always been life unwrapped for me, a way of understanding the world and understanding myself through both the unknown and the everyday." I simply couldn't agree more! It's probably 'why' I read as an adult... not only for the escapism of engaging with characters that alter my experience, but to fully step into and be aware of so many different things-- be it poetry, prose, non-fiction; you name it--something inevitably results and often, I am all the better for it!

  4. Tell your little girlie that the Sisters are working on a list of books for her --they are pouring over their bookshelves and will report tomorrow...
    ...thanks for the great request!