How would I pick up what blogs or books to read? What’s the one thing that will get you to pick up a book or click on a link every single time?
I know I ought to be saying, the author, the topic, the reviews whatever. Well if it a research reading yes, these are all the factors that count. But I read books, because I love them not because I think I should read them.
As a read a book, I put in all the imagination I can, so that it is almost like writing the book as well as reading it—or rather it is like living it. It makes reading so much more exciting.
This could be true for most readers, for a true reader reads every work seriously, in the sense that he reads it whole heartedly , makes himself as receptive as he can. But for that very reason he cannot possibly read every book solemnly or gravely, for he will read it in the spirit the author wrote, and try to eat Kheer like it was roti.
Paxton says be careful the books you read, as of the company you keep: for your habits and character will be as much influenced by former as the latter! What rubbish!
What reading does, ultimately, is keep alive the dangerous and exhilarating idea that a life is not a sequence of lived moments, but a destiny..the time of reading, the time defined by the author’s language resonating in the self is the world’s time but the soul’s. The energies that otherwise tend ot stream outward through a thousand channels distraction are marshaled by the cadences of the prose; they are brought into focus by the fact that it is an ulterior, and entirely new world that the reader has entered. The free-floating self—the self we diffusively commune with while driving or walking or pottering about – is enlisted in the work of bringing the narrative to live. In the process we are able to shake off the habitual burden of insufficient meaning and flex our deeper natures.
The readers bonds with his or her books, is a bond that grows from childhood, like Mem Fox talks about Reading Magic “The fire of literacy is created by the emotional sparks, between a book, and the person reading. It isn’t achieved by the book alone, nor by the child alone, nor by the adult who’s reading aloud—it’s the relationship winding between all three, bringing them together in easy harmony.”
Like Dorothy Parker, “I like best to have one book in my hand and stack of others on the floor beside me, so as to know the supply of poppy and mandragora will not run out before small hours.”
For all you first time book readers, who are venturing into the new exciting world of reading, and voyeuring into another’s mind here is a hint — Always read something, that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.