Do we have a ‘need’ to read? Someone just asked this in one of the Facebook book groups and it made me think.
I personally don’t feel a NEED to read – like I feel a need to eat, make a living, have friends and need others. Many of the other responses said that reading was a need and they always needed to have a book with them or close by. With Kindle and the Kindle App that makes it so easy.
Reading has a way of opening the mind to other people’s perspectives and to get me out of myself. I am learning about what I like to read and have found I enjoy books with more of a twist. I found The Shell Seekers and All the Light We Cannot See to be OK stories that went nowhere. No twist. Nothing interesting or unusual. Why is it that I prefer to have unusual or crazy things happen?
My favorite book so far is Where the Crawdads Sing. Even with some of the bad reviews it got saying it was unbelievable or that there were parts of the storyline out of sync, I still loved it. The fact that the girl actually did kill the guy and in a fashion that came to her because of her knowledge of the fireflies was just brilliant – I thought. But what does that say about me?
I live a pretty simple life and don’t spend alot of money but also don’t make a lot and don’t have much excitement in my life. I drive the same route to work to take the bus and work and come home. My weekends are the same – writing, working in the garden, napping, reading, playing with the cats and the neighbors horses, dog, goats and barn cat. That is just something I would so not do or even think of.
With reading I learn so much about me. It is such a solitary process that helps me feel more connected and gets me outside of myself. I read to relax and to get my mind off of everything else – sort of like meditation in a way.