|Reading is the important thing. Don't|
let others judge you for your books.
I don't know if this theme of Read What Thou Wilt is intentional or not. It doesn't really matter. It's a great message. Of course, we'll never get past the question. No matter how much I might agree with Read What Thou Wilt, I'll press myself and others to read outside their comfort zone because it's good for you, like broccoli.
The other thing that continues to fascinate me about the whole Dear Book Nerd concept is the issue of reader etiquette. While the act of reading may be a solitary pursuit, being a reader is social. We want to talk about books and share our passion for print with others. But there is no rule book. Emily Post neglected to cover our weird little world. Thankfully, we now have Rita Meade.
Over the past few weeks, encouraged by Dear Book Nerd, I've been seeking out more bookish podcasts. Now I listen to the BookRiot podcast and Unprintable from LitReactor. It probably speaks to my own geeky bookishness that I enjoy these podcasts so much, especially BookRiot and Dear Book Nerd. The hosts are unabashed about questioning methodology like good librarians and academics and parsing the meaning behind people's word choice. Remarkably, none of these series take themselves too seriously. Podcasts like these could become unbearably pretentious. So far, so good.
* Apologies for all the "ones." I've been in literary Britain for the last two books I've read. I was in Iceland for the book before those two, but it was translated by a Brit.