Rick Brooks5 months ago
Thanks for promoting this. Some thoughts: 1. Yes, it probably is simpler to select one book for everybody. But the reality is that one truth, one perspective or one author is not likely to be the best, the most inspirational or even the most interesting or transformational for all kinds of readers. That's why libraries, big and small, are so important. To Kill a Mockingbird is a wonderful book for many, maybe even for most children, youth and adults, especially if it is enhanced by meaningful discussion. Many books can offer that kind of value depending on the age, reading ability and motivations of the reader. But Shakespeare, Dickens and Dave Eggers, Maya Angelou or Julia Alvarez all have something powerful to offer for different reasons. Boys don't always like books written by or for girls and vice versa. And if I can make a pitch for physical books, having the pages and paper in your hands can make a big difference. So thank you again for this effort. A Kindle can be a great thing...and there is a whole world out there full of fantastic literature where each book that we "should" read can inform, teach, entertain and inspire us in unique ways. The best choice is whatever attracts you and keeps you wanting to read more--to find out what's going to happen next or to remember the important stuff that has already happened. Discovering such literature is a gift we can all cherish. And the more often that discovery can occur, the better. The search is more than half the pleasure. --Rick Brooks, Little Free Library.