Books - Reading The world may be full of fourth-rate writers but it’s also full of fourth-rate readers. The world may be full of fourth-rate writers but it’s also full of fourth-rate readers. YOU MAY ALSO LIKE »The best effect of any book, is that it excites the reader to self-activity.Many readers judge of the power of a book by the shock it gives their feelings –as some savage tribes determine the power of muskets by their recoil; that being considered best which fairly prostrates the purchaser.The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.I am not a speed reader. I am a speed understander.She could give herself up to the written word as naturally as a good dancer to music or a fine swimmer to water. The only difficulty was that after finishing the last sentence she was left with a feeling at once hollow and uncomfortably full. Exactly like indigestion.