Books About Books and Reading

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Some of my friends occasionally make fun of me when I read books about books and reading. Folks get a strange look on their face when they see you immersed in How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler, as if perhaps Allen Funt is lurking nearby.

However, if you want to add richness and depth to your reading life, as well as your child's, books about books and reading are a great place to gather ideas and insight.

Maybe you weren't a reader as a child, and don't feel adequate to the task of teaching literary skills. You may have problems communicating an enjoyment of reading because you don't find reading pleasurable. You may find yourself parenting an offspring who devours books, and suddenly you need to understand the inner workings of a bookworm.

On the other hand, you could be one of us, and you'll savor these books for your own gratification. 

Check out these recommendations for books that can assist you in further developing a rich reading environment for your and your children. Some are part book review, part memoir, and so would make a great addition to your older student's high school book list:

Howards End Is on the Landing: A Year of Reading from Home by Susan Hill

How Reading Changed My Life by Anna Quindlen

The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs

My Reading Life by Pat Conroy

The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared by Alice Ozma

The Child That Books Built: A Life in Reading by Francis Spufford

Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading by Maureen Corrigan

Book Crush: For Kids and Teens - Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment and Interest by Nancy Pearl

Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason by Nancy Pearl

The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books by J. Peder Zane

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