Readers' Rights

Twitter, that fount of all, recently fed me an interesting list about the rights that go along with reading, which comes from Daniel Pennac's Better Than Life:

1. The right not to read.

2. The right to skip pages.

3. The right not to finish a book.

4. The right to reread.

5. The right to read anything.

6. The right to escapism.

7. The right to read anywhere.

8. The right to browse.

9. The right to read out loud.

10. The right not to defend your tastes.

What I like about this list is its lack of judgement. You're still a reader even if you don't finish a book that didn't appeal to you. You're still a reader if you reread a cherished book rather than seek out new ones. You're still a reader if you read to escape into a different world. You're still a reader no matter what you read.