Would You Read an Obsolete Books?

Philippines
February 28, 2012 12:16pm CST
Hi my fellow myLotters. As I get interested to read I realized that here in our house we do have a lots of books. Lately, I've been reading some obsolete books that has been owned by my relatives. Would you be interested in reading this kind of books? What are the ros and cons of reading this kind of book?
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13 responses
29 Feb 12
There is no such thing as an obsolete book. All knowledge is valuable, all stories are valuable, every written word has its place (well, except the Twilight series but that's another story).
• Philippines
29 Feb 12
That's awesome! So I'll keep on reading those books.
@Anne18 (11030)
2 Mar 12
Hey Spike, I agree totally with you.
@Anne18 (11030)
28 Feb 12
I just love reading, only problem is I don't always seem to have time to read as much as I would really like to. A few years ago I set my self a New Year's Resulution task and that was to read 52 books in the whole year. I did it over the year rather than by the weeks as some weeks I knew I would have more time to read and also if I got a really good book I knew I would make time to read more so finishing a book may have been in a few days etc. I decided ot set myself this task because I had looked back over the last year and realised that i hadn't read more than 10 boooks, which is was awfully bad for someone who read an awful lot, couldn't blame it on having three young children as I did read for myself when they were smaller. I was reading but it was forums on the pc and I read to the children every night. But wasn't reading actual books. I neeed a goal to ensure that I had something ot work towards. Anyway I did it and now do this task every year since I enjoy reading. I didn't quite make 52 books last year but the year before I read almost sixty books so I think it even itself out. To make it more intresting this year I'm going ot try and make 12 of the books novels for children, so I shall be starting War Horse tonight. And so far this year I have read 6 books. In answer ot your question I wil read anything as longs it looks good, I don't care how old it is. I mainly get by books from the library as I'm trying ot save money and space in the house as there are loads of books in the house. If I do buy books I tend to buy them from discount bookshops as they are very cheap, so I should think some of them are obsolete. i don't think there are any cons for reading these sorts of books, its very good ot go back and read books that aren't about anymore, if someone wrote a review on them they may get but back into print. The pro's, are bringing these books back into fashion and giving them a very new lease of life. Hope ot bump into you around mylot a lot. Loved your discussion topic
@Anne18 (11030)
29 Feb 12
Good luck on reading your full book, hopefully you will read it and then go and start another and another and before oyou know it you will be racing me ot 52 books
• Philippines
29 Feb 12
Well said! Sometimes those obsolete books were the best written books. Those books that I'm currently reading now are an obsolete books but they're the one's that gave me more idea. How I wish I have that mentality of reading 52 books in the whole year. I haven't finished reading a book, but I'll make sure that this Lenten season I will read a book.
@irisheyes (4371)
• United States
19 Mar 12
By your definition, most of the great novels of English Literature are obsolete. I try to re-read one of them every year or so. The last one I re-read was Vanity Fair and it was every bit as good as I thought it was the first time I read it back in high school. Next, I'm planning on re-reading some Jane Austen and I know that whe will stand the test of time also. These books are not obsolete, they are classics! But I think there are a lot of books that do not hold up and those I would probably call obsolete.
@cher913 (25782)
• Canada
28 Feb 12
i love and collect old books and i do read some of them. i find some of them really well written and quite good.
@Anne18 (11030)
28 Feb 12
I brought an old Scout handbook for one pound from a charity shop, the children of mine who go to scouts found it very interesting looking at it and how things have changed in the history of scouting, its amazing how things change, like the first aid and the way you first aided twenty or more years ago and how now you wouldn't first aid that way these days
@rod977 (118)
• Portugal
28 Feb 12
I don't read a lot of obsolete books, but the ones I read, I liked. It's good to see how they used to write. The terms that people used to use. Though, sometimes I have to read a part of the book over and over again because I don't understand the message. But it's always good to study obsolete literature. And the books stories were so much better before.
@Anne18 (11030)
28 Feb 12
Yes sometimes the older books have better story plots and lines than some of the books we get today, but there are so many good books out there to read, old and new..... only problem is there is never going ot be enough time to read all these books, and that is one very sad fact
• United States
28 Feb 12
I don't think it matters if it's obsolete. I read books that sound interesting to me, so my answer is yes, I would be interested in reading these books. I think the cons are, for example, reading several books on one person's life. Some 'facts' may be different depending on who wrote the books.
@Anne18 (11030)
28 Feb 12
I agree some facts may be different but its nice to see what facts have changed over the years and show us how life was then or how people thought back then
@Porcospino (31428)
• Denmark
28 Feb 12
At my local library they keep the obsolete books in the basement. Many of the books are from the 1950's or the 1960's, but I have also found some books from the 1940's. Sometimes I like reading those obsolete books. I think it is interesting to see how the writing style has changed since that time and sometimes they use words I have never heard about. It can also be interesting to read about the facts that they believed around that time, and sometimes it is pretty amusing to read those things and compare them to the knowledge that we have today. Of course the the obsolete books aren't a good source if we are looking for accurate information or facts that are up-to-date, but I think that we can still learn somethign from the obsolete books - we can learn what people believed in the past.
@MandaLee (3711)
• United States
29 Feb 12
I love to read. I would love to read obselete books, especially if the book was a classic. Have a great day!
@maezee (42220)
• United States
1 Mar 12
I will read pretty much anything and everything. Well, I wont' necessarily read it all the way through but I will definitely start to and see if it catches my attention. If it does, then, COOL! I will finish it. Most of the books I read are somewhat mainstream, as I tend to buy them at the thrift store.
@sender621 (14898)
• United States
29 Feb 12
I enjoy reading books that i find interessting. it really doesn't make that much difference to me how others might feel about the book. Just because someone else may find the book to be obsolete won;t change my opinion of reading it. If it interests me, I will read it no matter what others might think.
@megamatt (14294)
• United States
5 Mar 12
Well it might not be something that I would go out of my way to do but it would be something that I would find kind of interesting to say the very least. If at anything else to see what some commonly held ideas and history would be. It is just like reading a portion of history. It is something right in the past, but it is something that is extremely intriguing even if it is a bit dated. It might be fun if I get the chance. Journey right into the annals of history and everything like that. I do find many times that just because something is out of date and behind the times, it does not necessarily mean that it is going to be something that is going to be absolutely worthless. I think that I would find some work out of those older books, those obsolete looking books if you will. Might be a trip.
@kukueye (1759)
• Malaysia
29 Feb 12
My house got many school textbooks and some are so old , even the education minister has change 3 times and the textbooks are that old , however , some are maths which are forever same and also those literture books stories which are sometime nice to read again , however the condition and how to keep those books are important as if the books are too old smelly and full of bookworms , then hard to read.
@amitpro (75)
• India
29 Feb 12
Friend first of all i will say that reading anything obsolete will not harm you in any way. It always adds up to your knowledge and it will be of certain use in future for sure. Any kind of knowledge is never harmful. Reading is a very good habit if you have.