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Reading may refer to:



  • Reading (process), decoding symbols to derive their meaning (as in reading a book or reading music)
  • Reading (computer), the act of a computer extracting data from a storage medium
  • Reading (legislature), the mechanism by which a bill is introduced to a legislature
  • Poetry reading, a spoken performance of poetry
  • Divination, gaining insight through interpretation of omens or supernatural indicators
  • Reading expertise, a term refers to readers' strategies of reading for information, interpretations of a reading text or recreating meanings from the text based on his or her own social-cultural backgrounds.

Reading, Berkshire and associated topics

Places in the United States




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There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written. - Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891, preface
Knowing I lov'd my books, he furnish'd me From mine own library with volumes that I prize above my dukedom. ~ William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act 1 scene 2

Quotations about books:


  • One reader is better than another in proportion as he is able of a greater range of activity in reading and exerts more effort.
  • Why is marking a book indespensible to reading it? First, it keeps you awake — not merely conscious, but wide awake. Second, reading, if it is active, is thinking, and thinking tends to express itself in wordes, spoken or written...Third, writing your reactions down helps you to remember the thoughts of the author...Marking a book is literally an expression of your differences or your agreements with the author, It is the highest respect you can pay him.
  • Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man.
  • Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.
  • The covers of this book are too far apart.
  • Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you.
    • Harold Bloom, quoted in O Magazine (April 2003)
  • Reading is going toward something that is about to be, and no one yet knows what it will be.
    • Italo Calvino, If on a Winter's Night a Traveler (1979), translated by William Weaver (1981), p. 72
  • There is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject; the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person.
  • There is a great deal of difference between the eager man who wants to read a book, and the tired man who wants a book to read.
  • Many books require no thought from those who read them, and for a very simple reason; they made no such demand upon those who wrote them.
  • Whatever we read from intense curiosity gives us a model of how we should always read.
  • And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
  • Books are not made to be believed, but to be subjected to inquiry.
    • Umberto Eco, Il nome della rosa [The Name of the Rose] (1980), said by character William of Baskerville, originally in Italian.
  • There are magic moments, involving great physical fatigue and intense motor excitement, that produce visions of people known in the past. As I learned later from the delightful little book of the Abbé de Bucquoy, there are also visions of books as yet unwritten.
    • Umberto Eco, Il nome della rosa [The Name of the Rose] (1980)
  • Never read any book that is not a year old.
  • 'Tis the good reader that makes the good book; in every book he finds passages which seem confidences or asides hidden from all else and unmistakenly meant for his ear.
  • In the highest civilization, the book is still the highest delight. He who has once known its satisfactions is provided with a resource against calamity.
  • Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers.
  • Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas.
  • Truly, associating with bad books is often more dangerous than associating with bad people.
    • Original German: "Wahrhaftig, der Umgang mit schlechten Büchern ist oft gefährlicher als mit schlechten Menschen."
    • Wilhelm Hauff, Das Buch und die Leserwelt
  • Where one begins by burning books, one will end up burning people.
    • Original German: "Dort, wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen."
    • Heinrich Heine in Almansor
  • Life-transforming ideas have always come to me through books.
    • Bell Hooks, quoted in O Magazine (December 2003)
  • Books get older as well; their body also wears out, but unlike us, their brain remains forever young!
  • Gutenberg, your printing press has been violated by this evil book, Mein Kampf!
  • Any of us might live a long life or pass away tomorrow. I have come to believe that living your well-read life is measured not by the number of books read at the end of your life but by whether you are in book love today, tomorrow, and next week.
    • Steve Leveen, The Little Guide to Your Well-Read Life (2005), p. 7
  • A single book at the right time can change our views dramatically, give a quantum boost to our knowledge, help us construct a whole new outlook on the world and our life. Isn't it odd that we don't seek those experiences more systematically?
    • Steve Leveen, The Little Guide to Your Well-Read Life (2005), p. 11
  • The first step to retention is to briefly review your book almost immediately after finishing it. It's easier if you've marked passages and taken notes in the margins and on the endpapers. You can then go back through your book, reminding yourself why you marked the particular passages and wrote the commentary you did. This may encourage you to add to your marginalia or write longer notes elsewhere.
    • Steve Leveen, The Little Guide to Your Well-Read Life (2005), p. 39
  • You will be surprised what psychological motivation there is in your having physical possession of the books you plan to read.
  • When a book and a head collide and there is a hollow sound, is that always in the book?
    • Original German: "Wenn ein Buch und ein Kopf zusammenstoßen und es klingt hohl, ist das allemal im Buche?"
    • Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Vermischte Schriften, E (1775 - 1776), 103
  • A sure sign of a good book is that you like it more the older you get.
    • Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Vermischte Schriften, K (1789-1793), 351
    • Original German: "Ein sicheres Zeichen von einem guten Buche ist, wenn es einem immer besser gefällt, je älter man wird."
  • The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
    And all the sweet serenity of books.
  • When I read a book I seem to read it with my eyes only, but now and then I come across a passage, perhaps only a phrase, which has a meaning for me, and it becomes part of me.
  • As good almost kill a man as kill a good book. Who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image; but he who destroys a good book, kills reason itself, kills the image of God, as it were in the eye.
  • A good book is the precious lifeblood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life.
  • A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where a man's mind can get both provocation and privacy.
  • Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.
  • Affect not as some do that bookish ambition to be stored with books and have well-furnished libraries, yet keep their heads empty of knowledge; to desire to have many books, and never to use them, is like a child that will have a candle burning by him all the while he is sleeping.
  • You will get little or nothing from the printed page if you bring it nothing but your eye.
  • Literature is news that stays news.
  • Even big collections of ordinary books distort space and time, as can readily be proved by anyone who has been around a really old-fashioned second-hand bookshop, one of those that has more staircases than storeys and those rows of shelves that end in little doors that are surely too small for a full sized human to enter.
    The relevant equation is Knowledge = Power = Energy = Matter = Mass; a good bookshop is just a genteel Black Hole that knows how to read. Mass distorts space into polyfractal L-space, in which Everywhere is also Everywhere Else.
    All libraries are connected in L-space by the bookwormholes created by the strong space-time distortions found in any large collection of books. Only a very few librarians learn the secret, and there are inflexible rules about making use of the fact — because it amounts to time travel.
    The three rules of the Librarians of Time and Space are: (1) Silence; (2) Books must be returned no later than the last date shown, and (3) the nature of causality must not be interfered with.
  • Give me a man or woman who has read a thousand books and you give me an interesting companion. Give me a man or woman who has read perhaps three and you give me a dangerous enemy indeed.
    • Anne Rice, The Witching Hour (1990), p. 261
  • No one ever reads a book. He reads himself through books, either to discover or to control himself. And the most objective books are the most deceptive. The greatest book is not the one whose message engraves itself on the brain, as a telegraphic message engraves itself on the ticker-tape, but the one whose vital impact opens up other viewpoints, and from writer to reader spreads the fire that is fed by the various essences, until it becomes a vast conflagration leaping from forest to forest.
  • Books ... are like lobster shells, we surround ourselves with 'em, then we grow out of 'em and leave 'em behind, as evidence of our earlier stages of development.
  • A beggar's book out-worths a noble's blood.
  • Knowing I lov'd my books, he furnish'd me
    From mine own library with volumes that
    I prize above my dukedom.
  • People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.
  • When I step into this library, I cannot understand why I ever step out of it.
  • How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book.
  • A truly good book is something as natural, and as unexpectedly and unaccountably fair and perfect, as a wild-flower discovered on the prairies of the West or in the jungles of the East.
  • No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading now, or surrender yourself to self-ignorance.
    • "On Reading", Good Reading: A Helpful Guide for Serious Readers, created by a group chaired by Atwood H. Townsend, NYU professor
  • A good book is the best of friends, the same today and forever.
  • There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written.
    • Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), Preface

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Reading can refer to both the act of reading and the study of how to teach others to read. Courses in reading at the elementary school lever usually refer to the former; at the professional and university level to the latter.


Learning how to read

See Introduction to books and related potential course titles there.

The study of reading

Other courses should be designed for continuing reading practice, and learning how to teach reading to others.

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="">See Reading (disambiguation) for articles sharing the title Reading.

READING, a municipal, county and parliamentary borough and the county town of Berkshire, England, 36 m. W. by S. of London by the Great Western railway. Pop. (1901) 72,217. It is an important junction on the Great Western system, and has communication southward by a joint line of the South-Western and South-Eastern and Chatham companies. The Kennet and Avon canal, to Bath and Bristol, and the Thames, afford it extensive connexions by water. It lies in the flat valley of the Thames on the south (right) bank, where the Kennet joins the main river. The population more than doubled in the last thirty years of the 19th century, and the town is of modern appearance. All the ancient churches are much restored and in part rebuilt. Greyfriars church, formerly monastic, was completed early in the 14th century; and after the dissolution of the monasteries served successively as a town hall, a workhouse and a gaol, being restored to its proper use in 1864. St Mary's is said to have been rebuilt in 1551 from the remains of a nunnery founded by lElfthryth in expiation of the murder of her stepson Edward the Martyr. St Lawrence's is a large Perpendicular building, and St Giles's, in various styles, was much damaged during the siege of the town in 1643 by the parliamentary forces, and is almost wholly rebuilt. A Benedictine abbey was founded at Reading in 1121 by Henry I., and became one of the richest in England, with a church among the largest in the country. Its founder was buried here, but his monument was destroyed in the time of Edward VI. The church was the scene of John of Gaunt's marriage to Blanche of Lancaster in 1359. By Henry VIII. the abbey was converted into a royal palace, and was so used until its destruction during the civil wars of the 17th century. Little remains of the foundation; only a gateway and a fragment of the great hall, the meeting-place of several parliaments, are of importance. The greater part of the site is occupied by public gardens.

The educational establishments are important. The site of an ancient hospice of St John is occupied by the University Extension College. It was opened in 1892, is affiliated to Oxford University, and has accommodation for 600 students, of both sexes, giving instruction in every main branch of higher university education, agriculture, &c. The grammar school, founded in 1485, occupies modern buildings and ranks among the lesser public schools. Archbishop Laud was educated here, and became a generous benefactor of the school. There are also a blue-coat school (1656), and other charitable schools of early foundation. The municipal museum, besides an art gallery and other exhibits, includes a fine collection of Romano-British relics from Silchester, the famous site not far distant in Hampshire. Besides the public grounds on the site of the abbey there may be mentioned Prospect Park of 131 acres, purchased by the Corporation, and Palmer Park, presented by a member of the firm of Huntley & Palmer, together with extensive recreation grounds.

The industry for which Reading is chiefly famous is the biscuit manufacture, the principal establishment for which is that of Messrs Huntley & Palmer, employing about 5000 hands. In the town and its vicinity are large seed warehouses and testinggrounds. There are also iron foundries, engineering works and factories for agricultural implements, and manufactures of tin boxes, sauces, velvet and silk, and sacking, together with riverside boat-building yards. Reading gives title to a suffragan bishopric in the diocese of Oxford. The parliamentary borough returns one member. The municipal borough is under a mayor, ro aldermen and 30 councillors. Area, 5876 acres.

Reading (Redinges, Rading, Redding) early became a place of importance. In 871 the Danes encamped here between the Thames and the Kennet, and in 1006 it was burned by Sweyn. It consisted of only thirty houses at the time of the Domesday Survey. There is some reason to think that a fortification existed there before the Conquest, and Stephen probably built a masonry castle which Henry II. destroyed. On the foundation of Reading abbey the town, hitherto demesne of the crown, was granted to the abbey by Henry I. Henceforth, until the ,6th century, the chief feature of its history was the struggle as to rights and privileges. This was carried on between the abbey and the merchant gild which claimed to have existed in the time of the Confessor, and the chief officer of which was from the 15th century styled warder or mayor.

A 16th-century account of the gild merchant shows that many trades were then carried on, but Leland says the town "chiefly stondith by clothing." The story of Thomas Cole, written by Deloney (d. c. 1600) and purporting to refer to the reign of Henry I., indicates that the industry was carried on at an early date. Archbishop Laud was the son of a Reading clothier. By the 17th century the trade was beginning to decline; the bequest of Kendrich "the Phoenix of worthy Benefactors" did little to revive it, and it was greatly injured by the Civil War. In the 18th century the chief trade was in malt. The first town charter is that given by Henry III. (1253) on behalf of the "burgesses in the Gild Merchant," which was confirmed and amplified by succeeding sovereigns. The governing charter until 1835 was that of Charles I. (1639) incorporating the town under the title of the mayor, aldermen and burgesses. Reading returned two members to parliament from 12 9 5 to 1885, when it was deprived of one; until 1832 the Scot-and-Lot franchise was used. The town surrendered to the parliamentary troops, after a siege, in 1643; it was occupied subsequently by the forces of both parties: in 1688 a skirmish took place in the town between some Irish soldiers of James II. and the troops of William of Orange. The market, chiefly held on Saturday, can be traced to the reign of Henry III.; four fairs granted by the charter of 1562 are still held, that on the 25th of July dating originally from a grant of Henry II. to Reading abbey.

See C. Coates, History of Reading (1806); Victoria County History, Berks.

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Proper noun




  1. A town in Berkshire, England.



Simple English

Simple English Wiktionary has the word meaning for:
Reading is also the name of towns: see Reading, England and Reading, Pennsylvania

Reading is a way of getting information from something that is written. Reading involves recognising the symbols that make up a language. Reading and hearing are the two most common ways to get information. Information gained from reading can include entertainment, especially when reading fiction or humor.

Reading by people is mostly done from paper. Stone, or chalk on a blackboard can also be read. Computer displays can be read.

Reading can be something that someone does by themself or they can read aloud. This could be to benefit other listeners. It could also be to help your own concentration.

Proofreading is a kind of reading that is done to find mistakes in a piece of writing.

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