Thanks! I really enjoyed this essay! My husband and I are both fans of Mortimer Adler's How to Read a Book. But it poses a special dilemma for our family. On the one hand, we have a very hard time re-selling books, but on the other hand, I have a hard time writing in them, or re-reading them when I have written in them. When I go back to one of my own books, I somehow feel like I want the re-read to be a "clean slate" in a new time. Still, I really like the encouragement to "make a book your own" by delving deeply into it. A good counterpoint to the "throwaway culture" we see, even in the bookstore world.
After reading Adler's HTRAB, I've become a scribbler in my books....hey, doesn't that HELP the next reader out?! I love reading others' notes in the margins of old books. : )
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