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Question For Blog Readers

So the previous review for 20th Century Ghosts made me think about something. I've thought a lot about what I read and why I read what I read and what I don't read and why I don't read what I don't read. Now I want to know. What do you read? Why do you read what you read? What don't you read? Why don't you read what you don't read? How do you choose the books you read? You can respond by posting a comment directly to the blog by clicking on 'post comment' below or you can jot your thoughts down in a few sentences on a piece of paper and hand it to the person at the circulation desk the next time you visit the Matthews Library. Who knows, maybe what you write will end up here on the blog. For that reason, you may sign your name to your comments when you hand them in at the desk, but you don't have to because you can also do it anonymously if you wish.

I can't wait to read what you have to say, and I look forward to hearing from you! Don't be shy. We're all friendly here at the library, and we love books as much as you do.

--Written by Ms. Angie


Rosetta Stone said…
Hi Ms Angie!

I read about 4 books a week so I guess you could say reading is my favorite hobby. I'm glad you asked your readers these questions and I'm going to attempt to answer some of them, at least in part. First of all, I like fiction as much as I like non-fiction, as long as the story it tells is riveting. Perhaps herein lies the answer to your question. I read what I read because I want to identify with the heroine, or in the case of non-fiction, with the woman who "went down in history." While I read about the lives of other characters, real or imagined, I like to discover that I am inately more LIKE that character than UNLIKE the character. I want to recognize my sameness and minimize my differences. In other words, I read everything that I read, to help me find what I hope are my strengths. (If there is a genre I tend to avoid, it would be horror, because in reading it I would have to come face to face with all my fears, and I don't trust that the outcome of a horror story would help me learn to overcome those fears). So I guess I read what I read to reassure myself. Because by reading about other people's lives; their joys and sorrows, trials and tribulations, triumphs and defeats;only then do I feel deeply and truly connected to the other members of the human race.

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