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Francis Bacon

Bacon’s Books

“Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.”

The English philosopher Francis Bacon wrote this around 1600 long before the term “beach book” but I think that’s the type of book he says should be tasted. The books that are worthy of being digested are harder to find. It is funny to think that reading habits change with the seasons along with clothes and food — but many people do turn to light reading in the summertime. What are your summer reading habits?