This may be my first time participating in a Bookish Blog Hop, but I hope it will not be my last.
Today’s discussion question is:
How does reading inspire your everyday life?
What a great – and in my case, loaded – question! First, I can’t imagine my life without reading and writing. They are inseparable in my mind, and I would not be writing – not even here at Ramblings of a Misguided Blonde – if it were not for reading. As a child, I fell in love with Anne of Green Gables and all the Little House books, and of course, Nancy Drew – along with so many others. While I did largely stop reading for pleasure during my college years, as I began to explore my love of writing, I found my love of reading again. It informs my writing to the point where I can’t tell you where one begins and the other ends. Once I read Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose, there was not looking back. I still consider it one of the most influential books I have ever read. Every day reading offers me hope, inspiration, and an education. It is as simple and as complicated as that.
Views She Writes https://viewsshewrites.wordpress.com
Reading is the soul of my existence, the breath in my life. Reading inspires me to live, to dream and to observe the surroundings as our surroundings are the greatest story tellers. I started writing because of these teachings from the books that surround me. I hope to read till my last breath of life.
Leslie Conzatti www.upstreamwriter.blogspot.com
Ha! I recently wrote a whole blog post on how certain books have played a part in my worldview philosophy!
In short, reading has inspired my everyday life because while on the surface the characters face impossible odds and fantastical situations–deep down, all these exaggerations are just hyperboles of real-world choices we all face. Through reading, I can find a character who struggles with a lot of the same things I do, and I can see a new perspective on it, a fresh way to deal with the issue that I hadn’t considered before. The good books connect me closer to my real-world life, instead of dragging me further away. It’s like that quote I shared yesterday, from Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451: “Good writers touch life often.” In order to make good literature, you have to be grounded in the real world, and bring some of that real world into the writing you do. Only then will it make an impact that will last for generations!
Brandy Potter www.brandypotterbooks.com
The best way I can sum up how reading inspires my life is this quote from Stephen King “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” I have read fiction almost every day of my life. A good book can take you to a place where your mind stops and you become another person. As George R.R. Martin said, you can live a thousand lives through books. When you are troubled or stressed or depressed a good book can lift you up.
Kim J www.writersideoflife.com
I love how we all read completely different things but, when it comes to how passionate we are about reading, it is exactly the same for all of us. I could have written any one of the above answers!
I simply can’t understand how people can not read. It is a stress release, it helps me get to sleep (as long as it’s not at the exciting part). Reading helps to understand ourselves; why we think the way we do, what others may think about us, what other scenarios may happen. Also, on a more practical note, reading about different times and places sparked my love of travel and pushed me to start writing myself.
Valerie, Cats Luv Coffee www.catsluvcoffeez.blogspot.com
I just read an article that reading fiction makes people more compassionate and increases their empathy. It states that we read, we emphasize with the characters. “Without necessarily even noticing, we imagine what it’s like to be them and compare their reactions to situations with how we responded in the past, or imagine we might in the future.” (Read the full article here) It’s an interesting take and one I think rings true. People who read often immerse themselves totally in the story. We do this over and over with each character that we experience. It’s part of what I love about fiction; that it takes me outside of myself and what might be happening in my life.
Jo Linsdell www.JoLinsdell.com
I’ve discovered a lot about myself through reading. Books are a part of my journey to self discovery. Whether I’m reading a romance or a thriller about a serial killer, I always discover something new about myself and how I view the world. Reading shows me my own morals, and helps me get a clearer idea of how I think and feel about certain topics.
I find that books give so much and all they ask in return is a little of our time. For me, I think I have become a better person because of reading. Reading makes me more empathetic towards others because I’ve read about so many different life situations. I am more creative and imaginative when I read fantasy. I tend to be more adventurous and take more risks when I read about adventure and bravery. Books are part of the tapestry that makes up who I am!
That is it for today’s Bookish Blog Hop, but be sure to check out yesterday’s offering at Lovely Audio Books. Eline hosts a discussion on favorite book quotes! You can find it here. Also, stay tuned tomorrow for the next stop at Views She Writes where the topic of the day will be the worst film adaptations of books!