Saturday, April 11, 2015

From me to you and back again -1-

-You want to know about my new feature? I am touched. This is where I talk about something. Something that comes to mind and sticks there and I want to describe so that it sticks in other peoples minds and makes them think, because that is what this is about. I want to be thinking. I want to be lit up and even alight. And I want you to leave this post with the memory of the thoughts it made you have. -

Reading.
What does it make you think? How do you describe what reading is to you- and please do, in comment form or by closing your eyes and coming up with a word or an answer or a reason. For me, reading isn't always the same: it's completely different from writing, with some books it is mostly a process of getting through it, but not with all. Not with my current read.
Some of you may have seen me commenting about my intense love for the Inkworld trilogy over the years- it was one of the first books I reviewed on this blog and that was almost five years ago, so I've had a long time to keep my love for the books growing. And when I read them? Well. I am rereading the first book now and it's just... such a enjoyable, memory-churning, fantastic process. I turn the pages and I feel the beauty and the magic of the story seep out and it is truly a joy to have the chance to be reading a book like this. It isn't perfect. But it's brilliant.

Reading can be so different- I have hundreds of books on my bookshelf and the process, apart from in the occasional series, has been different from each one. I have books that lagged but made me laugh, books that startled me into reading a new genre and kicked me in the thinking muscles, books that were so beautifully illustrated I could almost not handle it. Books that were terrifying and books that made me hold. my. breath.

And it's all books. And it's all words. And it's all reading.

How do you describe reading?

R.x

17 comments:

  1. Ah Romi, this is a brilliant idea for a feature! I love the idea of engaging with readers in a more thoughtful way. Actually as I was trying to think of how to answer your question I thought of quite a lot of things to say so I'm hoping you won't mind if I make a post about it for next week? With full credit to you and this marvelous post!

    I think your description of reading is just wonderful, and so beautifully written!

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    1. Thank you so much, Charlene! You do not know, couldn't possible imagine, how happy I was to read your comment. I'm really excited to see your post - of course you can write one! That's incredibly exciting and completely thrilling- and am so, so, SO glad that I made you think. Thank you so much. xxx

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    2. Oh yay, I'm so glad you don't mind! I will work on the post and hopefully it will be up this Friday! Thank you again for such a great post/feature idea! I look forward to the next installment!

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  2. Like Charlene said, this is an awesome idea, I love it. The question really makes me think but I like how personal it was so since you shared I will as well :) Reading to me is being able to escape to other worlds that are sometimes better than your own. I'm an only child so when I was younger I used to read constantly because it made me feel less alone. Awesome post!

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    1. Thank you so much, Alise! That's so sweet of you. xxx
      Oh, what a story- I can't voice or write how it touched and gladdened me to read and know you shared because of this post. "Being able to escape to other worlds that are sometimes better than your own" is so much a part of reading for me, too. I want these places to really be somewhere, so one day I can fight alongside Celaena and stride along the walkways of the Inkworld and treasure all of it, share all of it. Reading is so... magical. If there's magic secretly hidden in our world, it's books. xxx

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  3. YAY finally managed to figure out how to work around Blogger's commenting glitch.

    Great discussion Romi, I love how you're making us all think hehe. I read for escapism. I want to explore new worlds and go on amazing adventures that are just not possible in real life. This is why I love fantasy and sci-fi books!

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    1. Sorry you've been having commenting troubles! I have no idea what's going on, but I'm going to investigate this week.

      Oh, thank you Joy. Reading others posts that leave me thinking and wondering is one of my favourite things, so the fact that I am achieving my goal and making everyone here think... it's incredibly brilliant and a little mind boggling to me! Your comment makes perfect sense. I want to go to those worlds, too! I want to dine at the Restaurant at the end of the Universe and get on the stolen spaceship with Arthur Dent and co. I want to be kind to poor Marvin! I want to read with Celaena. And while I can't yet be kind to Marvin, thanks to books I can do all the other things. x

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  4. I feel like everyone is saying this, but what a great idea! Definitely making us all think :)

    Reading is about all the possibilities for me! What if magic were real? What if there was a world where society is divided into factions? What is humans could travel into space? These sorts of questions are the questions that are answered in books, and there are SO many ways of answering them too. All the different ideas authors have turn into books, and as the audience, we get the answers by reading!

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    1. Thank you Nara! I'm so glad it's making people think- every person who reads it and thinks is making my day! Basically I am thrilled to pieces.

      Ooh, yes! Exactly! I love considering the possibilities that come with books. The endless possibilities and things that we can create, thanks to the things we love so much. xxx

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  5. Reading immersing myself in another world. And then it's about gaining knowledge, storing things away. It's about escaping the constraints of reality. It's about getting wrapped up in words and all things that could never had been and yet are. And goodness, it's just so subjective, which I find so interesting.

    Fantastic discussion, Romi!

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    1. Yes. You really hit something I couldn't agree with more in "It's about escaping the constraints of reality". That's just it, isn't it? When times are tough and people want us to believe something else, we go to books, the places where we can believe whatever we want. If we want to fall in love at the drop of a hat, we can. If we want to know the future will be better than the present, we can. We can find everything we need in books, to make us feel hopeful about what we have and will have and have had. "Never have been and yet are"... again. I really agree with your thoughts here, Jess. Thank you so much for such a brilliant comment! xx

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  6. Romi, this is impossible to answer! Well, clearly not impossible because you did so beautifully. But just as I struggle most with reviews for books that meant the world to me, I really cannot put into words what reading and books mean to me. I guess I can only say that I think it has made me a better person. I truly believe that being a reader makes you a better person because reading encourages you to empathize with characters that may have had different life experiences than you have and gets you to see things from their point of view. And that’s always a good thing.

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    1. Aah! You'll make me blush through the internet, Aylee! You're very sweet.
      That is such a good answer. It makes me think of that song from Wicked- For Good. Reading isn't always fun, and some things we might wish we hadn't read, some send us into the stories themselves and we come out feeling like we've done the things the character has done (well this has happened for me, reading How I Live Now was a really weird experience for me), but in the end it's absolutely, a hundred percent for the best. Because it's incredible and amazing and it makes you better. xx

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  7. Okay I think I need to finally read my copy of Inkheart now? (I think that's what the first books is called.) I remember watching the movie adaptation (what did you think of that by the way?) and thinking that the story was fab and I needed to read the books ASAP. But I never got around to it. Story of my reading life, to be honest. SIGH.

    I don't think I could ever accurately describing what comes to mind when I think of reading, because it's different every time. Sometimes it means: reviews. Which isn't as bad as it sounds XD But I have reviews and the blog on the mind sometimes (a lot of the time, actually). Other times it can mean anything from love to escape to sanctuary to beauty to obsession. Reading means so many different things to me, and that's probably one of the reasons I love it so much. :D

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    1. Yes. Yes you do. You've got to. I've stalled in my reading (hello Sarah J. Maas), but it's not the kind of book you've got to read quickly or all at once. It's beautiful and slow and you want to take your time with it. Yes! The first book is Inkheart, then Inkspell, then the creepily titled Inkdeath.
      I... I liked the movie. I own it, actually! I liked it a lot more when I first saw it, which was a year or two after I read the book, but I watched it again after my first reread and it's good in it's own right, I think, but when compared to the book it really doesn't get near the level it was set. I enjoy it alone, but compared to the book it just... doesn't hit the mark. The novel is so intricate and has a really beautiful way of telling the story- I think you'll really enjoy it!

      I love that answer. Reading is a twisty path- never the same each time we go down or along it, even when we know the story by heart.xx

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  8. Wow! Such a powerful question. What is reading? Reading is taking myself to another world.. far from mine. Reading helps me escape the same old same old of my life. Ever since blogging reading as also given me more to think about, how to put it in words for others to enjoy. I still don't think my reviews are where they could be. Though I don't spend hours on a reviews like some people, that might make a difference in how good they are!!

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    1. That's such a good answer, Angela. I love the fact that so many of us are escaping our worlds, the monotony or the way it stifles us, and that's so wonderful but also a little bittersweet, isn't it? Sometimes I'd love to be able to never leave books and the worlds they offer up.

      I don't think I have the patience to spend even an hour on a review- I'd get too frustrated!

      Thank you so much for commenting! xx

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Have a beautiful day.x