Ouisa wrote:"no book is worth reading at the age of 10 which is not equally (and often far more) worth reading at the age of 50 "CS Lewis
I completely agree. As others before me have said (and some far more eloquently) a book that is "worth" reading at one age will still be "worth" reading later. Let's look at the definition of worth:
1. good or important enough to justify (what is specified): advice worth taking; a place worth visiting.
2. having a value of, or equal in value to, as in money: This vase is worth 12 dollars.
3. having property to the value or amount of: They are worth millions.
4. excellence of character or quality as commanding esteem: women of worth.
5. usefulness or importance, as to the world, to a person, or for a purpose: Your worth to the world is inestimable.
6. value, as in money.
7. a quantity of something of a specified value: ten cents' worth of candy.
8. wealth; riches; property or possessions: net worth.
If the book has merit, a spiritual connection to you, if it reaches out and grabs a hold of either your mind, heart, and/or soul, it will always be "worth" something to you, as in above, it is justifiable. A book of "worth" is something that to you is important and useful for whatever purpose you deem it. As we age, the meaning and context of it in our lives will evolve/change, but it will always have the value and be "worth" reading.
nissanmama wrote:And yet I go into the library and see all those shelves covered with all those books (especially college libraries) and feel a little like Burgess Meredith's character in that Twilight Zone episode before the bomb hit (Time Enough to Last). I just want to sit and read and not be bothered with real life.
Nima, I am SO with you! Sometimes I feel that work and hubby get in the way of my love affair with books.
When I saw this Twilight Zone episode, I completely connected with the character. I even wear glasses so I could feel his anguish. If only Edward were around...one short bite and I would have "time enough" to sit in the library and read until my heart's content for all eternity. I know I can get tired of watching television but I never get tired of reading.