The Little Guide to Your Well-Read Life
Steve Leveen, Bvtn 028.9 LEV 2005
Interesting. Author suggests pencil annotations in books (I prefer Postits, I can find them later), skipping around in nonfiction books, working from the index, going to the best parts first. I agree.
- mostly fiction/novel driven
- Classics - skip the intro, read some of the text, many are readable, but tastes differ.
T. Roosevelt, D. MacArthur, Churchill, T.E. Lawrence, Beryl Markham were avid readers.
- Make list of candidates for future, suggestions from multiple friends, reviews, others
- Purchase Library of Candidates for future reading
- Living Library for previously read books
- If you don't like a book after 50 pages, move on
- Spend time with book after reading
- Francis Robinson, SQ3R: Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review
Mortimer Adler, How to Read a Book 1972
Librarians trained in "Reader's Advisory" references What to Read Next, Novelist, Genreflecting
Good Reading: A Helpful Guide for Serious Readers, Fadiman's Lifetime Reading Plan, H. Bloom How to Read and Why
Rotten Reviews by Bill Henderson
Books On Tape, 1975 Duvall Hecht for "reading" during long slow commutes in LA.
Recorded Books, >1975 Henry Trentman in Maryland.
narrators stage actors, Frank Muller > 400 books (Incl. Jerry Jenkins Left Behind)
Michael Pritchard did Travis McGee and Newo Wolfe
- 60,000 titles by 2000
- 4 surprises: less roadrage, authors poor narrators, long music is distraction, one narrator best
- subtle voicing to suggest characters
http://www.yourwellreadlife.com/Home/RecordedBooks.asp (some sound samples at bottom)