English philosopher and the father of empiricism Francis Bacon said:” Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.
That’s exactly the way how I read books. For me, some books are just snacks between my meals. May they be salty chips or sweet cookies, they don’t have much nutrition value for my brain and my body. They simply are fast foods I want to give it a try.
Some books have to be gulped down. No need to know what their taste like. What ingredients they have inside. Recently I read a best seller book “The Biggest Bluff”. It is indeed the biggest bluff. The only thing I remember afterward is the quote “Man plans, God laughs“.
Some books are certainly needed to be chewed and to be digested for a long time. Obama’s “The promised land” is in this category. It’s a well written book, full of fine ingredients, flavoured with fine spices. Also, the book is over 700 pages long. It’s like a piece of well stewed beef, offering us a taste of politics and America history. It’s very delicious.