Wednesday, November 23, 2011

What Kind of Reader Are You?

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go."
    Dr. Seuss, "I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!"

How do you read?
I read with abandon.
I become the book, entering the world that author created fully and completely. I open the book and begin the journey as if I am the characters.
If I want to or not.
I can’t help myself.
I laugh out loud when it’s funny, and cry real tears, (just ask my husband,) when it’s sad, or sweet, or sentimental. I’m a crier, so even when things are very happy, tears of joy fall copiously from my eyes.
I love to be transported, to visit a new world for a few hours.
There is just one problem.
Once I start, I can’t stop.
I must finish the book.
I tell myself, one more page, which usually means three or four, or 100 pages, depending on how late it is and how great the novel is.
So, what kind of reader are you?
Are you a “chapter a night no matter what” reader?
Or, are you a “read a page or two than fall asleep” reader?
Or, are you a “need to devour the book” reader?
Or worse, are you a nonreader?
I know some nonreaders. Life, time, daily activities get all their time. Or maybe TV is their thing.
But, books give you so much more. They force you to dream, fantasize, and even, dare I say . . . think.
You have to do some work. And that is why reading takes you away.
Read what you write. Read what you love. Read fiction and nonfiction.
Read, learn, and dream.

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."
    Groucho Marx
That made me laugh, sorry, how’s this quote?
“The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of the past centuries.”
 - Descartes

Laugh, cry, feel, and enjoy a good book,
Happy Thanksgiving,


  1. Great blog Meredith---hope things are going well with you. I miss our group. Debbie

  2. You did it! Keep being my inspiration!