“But there are pleasures to be had from books beyond being lightly entertained. There is the pleasure of being challenged; the pleasure of feeling one’s range and capacities expanding; the pleasure of entering into an unfamiliar world, and being led into empathy with a consciousness very different from one’s own; the pleasure of knowing what others have already thought it worth knowing, and entering a larger conversation.”

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From “The Pleasures of Reading to Impress Yourself" by Rebecca Mead for The New Yorker

What are some challenging reads you’ve enjoyed?

Index card found in a book.
More from Walden by Henry David Thoreau, page 274.

More from Walden by Henry David Thoreau, page 274.

Underlined passage, Walden by Henry David Thoreau, page 85.

I don’t know about you, but I could sure use a cottage full of books.

Post card found in a book.

Boy was I laughing.

Photo found in a book.

Notes found in a book… written with an acid-free ink?

acknickulous:

"Sunday Book Shopping." New York, New York July 2014

acknickulous:

"Sunday Book Shopping."
New York, New York
July 2014

Found in a book.
Awesome dollar book find. 
I get the reference, but still… this makes me worry for Dinah’s safety.