A Willful Woman…

Thoughts about books from a romance addict.

Three Day Quote Challenge, Day Two

on October 26, 2015

Thanks again to Erin Burns for my nomination.


  • Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  • Publish a quote on 3 consecutive days on your blog.  The quote can be one of your own, from a book, movie, or from anyone who inspires you.
  • Nominate 3 more bloggers each day to carry on this endeavor.

Quote number 2

“What are we after when we open one of those books? What is it that makes a classic a classic? … in old-fashioned terms, the answer is that it will elevate your spirit. And that’s why I can’t take much stock in the idea of going through a list of books or ‘covering’ a fixed number of selections, or anyway striving for the blessed state of having read this, or the other. Having read a book means nothing. Reading a book may be the most tremendous experience of your life; having read it is an item in your memory, part of your receding past… Why we have that odd faith in the magic of having read a book, I don’t know. We don’t apply the same principle elsewhere: We don’t believe in having heard Mendelssohn’s violin concerto…
I say, don’t read the classics — try to discover your own classics; every life has its own.”  — How to Make Sense by Rudolf Flesch

One of the most inspiring sections of a very inspiring book from 1954. It’s had a very strong influence on both my reading and my writing. Oh — it just occurred to me to check Open Library for his other work. Sadly, this book is not available but several others are. I’m surprised to learn he wrote the famous (infamous?) Why Johnny Can’t Read.

I nominate:

Elisabeth Lane of Cooking Up Romance. She is horrendously busy right now, so I hope she can find time for a small commitment that might get the blogging juice flowing — no recipe required!

FeministAspie. She isn’t someone I’ve interacted with, but her blog is always insightful and I’d enjoy seeing what she would contribute.

Dionne Galace. One of the first bloggers I followed when I found the romance community; I was so happy to see her start reviewing again recently. If you enjoy old HPs, you have to read her loving snark.

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