Thursday, May 15, 2008

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This week's Book Through Thursday asks:

Following up last week’s question about reading writing/grammar guides, this week, we’re expanding the question….

Scenario: You’ve just bought some complicated gadget home . . . do you read the accompanying documentation? Or not?
Do you ever read manuals? How-to books? Self-help guides?
Anything at all?

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First of all, I don't buy complicated gadgets. Probably our telephone is the most complicated gadget I own, and yes, I did read the manual for that. And I have to re-read it if I want to know how to change the message (which is why we've had the same message for a year) or how to add people to my speed dial (which is why I always have my directory handy). I have never read the manual to the DVD player, but I used to read that sort of thing. I guess I figure between Dr. H and our teen-ager, I've got that sort of thing covered.

As for self-help books, I cannot remember the last time I would have read one. Decades? Ever? Psych classes in college? Unless, of course, parenting books count in that category. I've read plenty of those.


gautami tripathy said...

Self-help books, I read one recently. That too becos it was sent to me for review purposes. And Joan Anderson is well known too. I do go through manuals.

Megan said...

People get so turned off by the term "self help" that is why a lot of people who get into is call it personal development. I love that title for it, and if you think about what might fall into that category a lot do. I like to read a lot of writing and creativity books and also books that are more aimed at spiritual development.

Anonymous said...

There are times when having a teenager around the place can be really useful!