This week’s Book Blogger Hop question: What is your favorite part about reading a book? Figuring out the plot ahead of time, the feeling of the actual book itself, experiencing the plot unfold, getting to know the characters- or something else entirely?
Two things come most quickly to mind, and because they’ve both been expressed so well by other people, I think I’d better quote them…
“It is not true that we only have one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish.” – S. I. Hiyakawa
I love entering the world of the novel and the mind of the characters, to experience something completely different from my normal life. And that’s one reason I love fantasy, science fiction and historical fiction–the worlds are SO different and (with a couple exceptions) will never be places I can actually visit. Scientific studies have found both that reading can increase empathy, and that the brain imprints vivid reading experiences similarly to the way it imprints memories of “real” events!
“We read to know we are not alone.” – C. S. Lewis
My first favorite thing was about discovering something new–and this second one is about finding something familiar. It’s when you run across something that makes you realize that the author, a complete stranger who may have lived in a different country or a different century, is describing something you’ve thought or felt too. So we’re not the only one who has felt it!
I think that’s why I write too, at least some of the time. It’s to put ideas out there that I haven’t found in another book yet, or that I think should be told more often, because maybe someone else needs to find it too.
Well…that got deeper than I intended! So–what’s your favorite part about reading?