Since “Inspiration” is (or should) the theme this week … what is your reading inspired by?
This is sort of an odd one, but I’ll take a stab at it – because I’m not sure the act of reading is really “inspired” but, I do have several different motivations for reading.
Relaxation. I typically read for a while (sometimes as short as 10 minutes, maybe as long as an hour) before going to sleep. Reading helps turn off all the “extra” things going on in my mind and that focus helps relax me such that I can get sleepy, rather than just be “tired”.
Escapism. You don’t have to spend long looking over my books for the last couple of years to see that I read almost exclusively fiction. That’s not true – during the day, I spend a fair amount of my time reading scientific literature – which is about as non-fiction as you can get. What I read for pleasure is fiction. Fantasy, SF, novels, horror, mysteries, thrillers – all are good and get their share of the rotation.
Reflection. One of my favorite things about really good stories is that they will often cause me to consider my reaction to the situations presented. Good SF and fantasy will challenge perceptions of society and its rules. Novels of “everyday” people make (e.g. Joyce Carol Oates, Jim Harrison) me think of the bond of common experience, the depths of still waters, and my own emotional response (or lack thereof) to daily life.
I think it’s hard to be escapist and reflective at the same time, so I will often ebb and flow between “easy” books and more “thoughtful” ones. Works for me!