“…but what I like best is staying home and reading. Being rich is not about how much money you have or how many homes you own; it’s the freedom to buy any book you want without looking at the price and wondering if you can afford it. Of course, you have to read the books, too. Nothing is more important than an unread library.” (163)
“Like all avid readers, I sob about the death of my favorite bookshops in each city I visit, but I’m secretly thrilled at how easy and cheap it is to order from Amazon.com. But couldn’t they at least reward us with frequent reading points like the airlines? I’m always amazed at friends who say they try to read at night in bed but always end up falling asleep. I have the opposite problem. If a book is good I can’tgo to sleep, and stay up way past bedtime, hooked on the writing. Is anything better than waking up after a late-night read and diving back into the plot before you even get out of bed to brush your teeth?
You should never just read for “enjoyment”. Read to make yourself smarter! Less judgemental. More apt to understand your friends’ insane behavior, or better yet, your own. Pick “hard books.” Ones you have to concentrate on while reading. And for God’s sake, don’t let me ever hear you say, “I can’t read fiction. I only have time for the truth.” Fiction is truth, fool! Ever hear of “literature”? That means fiction, too, stupid.” (164)