Friday, August 03, 2007

A Question for Friday

I posted this over the Locker Room and got some interesting responses:

Have you ever completely worn out a book, either by re-reading, frequent reference, or simply by carrying it around constantly?

One thing is immediately plain -- the most earthshakingly signficant books are not the most frequently read, with the possible exception of the Bible. Most of them, I think, take a serious commitment in thought and time to read through the first time, while many of us bibliophiles read largely for recreation. For examples, here are the responses from --

The president of the leading conservative policy institute in North Carolina: Dune

A veteran media manager: The Heart of Rock and Soul: The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made

A rising seminary student: Profiles in Audacity

The former chair of county council: Interviews with the Vampire

Me? I admit that the most abused volumes in our library are Swiss Family Robinson, All Creatures Great and Small, and Mennonite Country-Style Recipes & Kitchen Secrets.

Readers are welcome to add their own admissions in the comments!

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