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If you’re having trouble reading after a long slump or pause, I think you should read “What We See When We Read”, by Peter Mendelsund.
A lot of people simply don’t read because they don’t know how and they don’t know that. I’m not talking about illiteracy but the fact that we were never taught how reading really works in our minds. We just learn how to read and that’s it.
I could definitely recommend other books like “How To Read and Why”, by Harold Bloom, “How To Read Books”, by Mortimer J. Adler, “The Reading Life”, by C.S. Lewis, or even “Reading Like a Writer”, by Francine Prose. All great books for sure. But “What We See When We Read” will give you a new perspective on one of our more powerful skills.
First of all, the book is a piece of art. Completely different from any nonfiction book you’ve ever read. Second, it’s not about following steps, but rather understanding how we construct images from words we read, and how books and written stories can make us travel and dive into the sea of words disguised as printed letters on a piece of paper.
I hope you enjoy that book.
☕️ Now, what book would you recommend to someone who’s on a reading slump or who’s finding it hard to read something?
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