6 Reasons Summer is For Book Lovers
Some of our favorite writers explore the exquisite place where summer and reading converge.
Illustration: Thomas Allen
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Because Reading Is a "Lifestyle Choice"
Quite often I am asked to recommend, as a practice, the habit of "reading." I like to do this, though I always feel a little phony. To recommend something implies that its presence in your life is a positive choice, like playing tennis or avoiding gluten. For me, being a reader, in summer or at any other time, isn't a "lifestyle choice." Rather, I made the choice—if that's what it was—so long ago, it has taken on an inescapable character in my mind. I think that if I were a very good swimmer, I would be proud to be so, but being proud of being a reader, in my case, is like being proud you have feet.
—Zadie Smith, author of White Teeth
, The Autograph Man
, On Beauty
, and the essay collection Changing My Mind
Read the rest of Zadie Smith's essay on bibliomania