Original Top Ten Tuesday concept from The Broke and the Bookish.
I really, really like this week’s Top Ten Tuesday list. I’ve had daydreams about teaching classes revolving around my favorite books and topics, though I am not in any way cut out to be a teacher. Top Ten Books on My Syllabus If I Taught [SUBJECT] 101 is the generic prompt, and my subject of choice is “How to Write about Reading 101":
The History of Reading by Alberto Manguel
Great Books by David Denby
My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead
How to Be A Heroine by Samantha Ellis
What We See When We Read by Daniel Mendelsund
A Jane Austen Education by William Deresiewicz
Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman
On Writing by Stephen King
How to Read Novels Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster
Madame Bovary’s Ovaries by David Barash
Some of these are bibliomemoir and some are more technical, but they've all given me new perspectives on what reading really is, how it works, and why we do it. Writing about reading is difficult- as everyone here knows, since we all do it here all the time- and these books have captured something about it that often gets lost in translation.