“Reader’s Bill of Rights” by Daniel Pennac

1. The right to not read

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2. The right to skip pages

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3. The right to not finish

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4. The right to reread

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5. The right to read anything

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6. The right to escapism

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7. The right to read anywhere

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8. The right to browse

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9. The right to read out loud

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10. The right to not defend your tastes

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This witty, refreshing book from a celebrated author and seasoned teacher is a passionate defense of reading — just for the joy of it.

Buy the book here! 

First published in 1992 and even more relevant now, Daniel Pennac’s quirky ode to reading has sold more than a million copies in his native France. Drawing on his experiences as a child, a parent, and an inner-city teacher in Paris, the author reflects on the power of story and reminds us of our right to read anything, anywhere, anytime, so long as we are enjoying ourselves. In a new translation with a foreword and illustrations by Quentin Blake, here is a guide to reading unlike any other: fresh, sympathetic, and never didactic, it is a work of literature in its own right.

Daniel Pennac (real name Daniel Pennacchioni, born 1944 in Casablanca, Morocco) is a French writer. He received the Prix Renaudot in 2007 for his essay Chagrin d’école.

His writing style can be humorous and imaginative like in “La Saga Malaussène”, but he can also write “Comme un roman”, a pedagogic essay. His Comic Débauche, written jointly with Jacques Tardi, treats the topic of unemployment, revealing his social preoccupations.

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