Get reading again: Connect and take control

So, will you be reading more in 2021? Choose what you read and find ways to try texts out for yourself to help your search, rather than relying on recommendation sites. Such sites are usually not as objective as they claim.

For instance, Goodreads, the social site where people can compile books they’ve read or would like to read, as well as find recommendations, is owned by book-selling behemoth Amazon.

Recognize, too, the difference between buying a book and reading more. In her 2019 book, “What We Talk about When We Talk about Books,” Leah Price emphasizes that every reader finds the text through their own journey, in the conversations, forums and different devices that could have brought them to it.

Rita Felski too, in “Uses of Literature,” talks about the ways that texts need to connect with us, and “make friends” – surviving history necessarily because they make connections with people again and again.

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