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[Book Quote Tuesday] What Sort Of Questions Are You Asking From Books?

As Rainer Maria Rilke says, if you cannot find the answer within the pages, live the question.

Myra here.

It is that time of the week again where we share a book quote that seemed particularly striking for us.

Our book quote theme from here on onwards will be about BOOKS and READING.

I have been mulling over the oft-contested notion that reading books makes people more empathetic, kinder, etc. I recall featuring something similar that Alan Jacobs noted in response to the question of whether reading makes you a better person, and the response is an unequivocal No. This can actually be followed through with this quote by Margaret Atwood (Amazon) – a lot depends on what kinds of questions the reader is asking – and what their motivations are for reading in the first place. There’s a lot to think about here.

How about you? What questions do you pose when you open a book?

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

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