Every reader has rights. And they are…

  1. The right to not read.
  2. The right to skip pages.
  3. The right to not finish.
  4. The right to reread.
  5. The right to read anything.
  6. The right to escapism.
  7. The right to read anywhere.
  8. The right to browse.
  9. The right to read out loud.
  10. The right not to defend your tastes.

—Pennac, Daniel, Better Than Life, Coach House Press, 1996.

Question? Comments?


  1. Ooh, I like that! Thanks!

  2. Great list, Liesl. I especially like #3 and #10.

  3. I know what you’re reading. 🙂 Do you like it?

    • Liesl

    • November 20, 2010

    • 11:13 pm

    Caroline, I actually first heard this from an SCBWI conference last Saturday, during a presentation called “Reading like a Writer.” Well I loved the list so much I had to post it, but since I liked that so much I might just read the entire book it comes from! Have you read it?

  4. I read it last year. It’s written by a teacher from France, so some of the educational philosophies he’s up against are different, but still relevant. He’s big on reading aloud, which is so key.

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