“A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.” – Carl Sagan
“Reading is the work of an alert mind, is demanding, and under ideal conditions produces finally a sort of ecstasy.” – E.B. White
I love reading. I don’t read as much as I would like to. Sometimes I’m so tired and brain-fried that I only read lightweight things (headlines, blurbs, gossip articles, etc.) or watch TV. Not that TV can’t be stimulating and thought-provoking but on the whole, reading something substantial requires more effort on my part. And this makes me sad. Am I artificially creating this choice for myself? “I’m too tired and therefore, I can’t or won’t read this interesting book”…? I can’t tell. I feel too tired but I do want to read more…but I don’t want to feel like I’m being forced to reading just because I feel like I should.
I remember how fun and incredibly…awesome…I found reading, fiction specifically. I used to forgo spending time with friends and family to finish a book because…well, I just felt so immersed and the worlds in books seemed so fascinating, even when they were disturbing (I found books like 1984, Animal Farm, Lord of the Flies, etc. so involving, so detailed and layered, but they left a bad taste in my mouth…probably because of how well the authors were able to create their worlds…and that is why I will probably never re-read those books!). And I wasn’t particularly socially awkward and I always felt included. I don’t feel like I retreated into books. I’m not sure if this is sad or depressing but often I chose reading over more social events. Haha, my personality is more low-key and introverted so I was/am probably more predisposed to quiet activities but still, like I said, I never felt like books were a solace necessarily…I just loved reading.
Right now, the mid-point for me, I guess, is reading other people’s thoughts and essays about interesting things…they’re both thought-provoking and stimulating but shorter and while they cause me to think about ideas and issues, these types of articles don’t require me to start completely from scratch…
Anyway…yet another ode to reading from me, haha :-).