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Since ‘Inspiration’ is (or should be) the theme this week €¦ what is your reading inspired by?

It should be easy to say what influences or motivates me to read – I love reading and books, it’s what I do whenever I have the time and I make time to do it. But it’s not that simple, reading is a learned skill; it doesn’t come naturally like breathing for example. I suppose I was influenced by my parents, by my mother who always had a book on the go and my father who loved reading and telling me stories. I learned to read before I went to school, probably because I wanted to read the stories to myself and then because I loved the way stories take you into another world.

woman-reading-mascha_djakoffskyI read to learn and find out more about a subject, when I’m bored, when I want entertainment – something funny, something serious, something to make me think. Sometimes I want to read something different to broaden my horizons, about places I can never hope to visit and people I can never meet. Sometimes it’s the words themselves that are inspiring, the way they flow and sound and bring scenes to life before my inner eye; and sometimes it’s the plot, the story and the characters that interest me and I want to know what happens next.

 I’m inspired to read by many things – libraries, bookshops, TV, radio, book reviews, book lists, nature, science, religion, philosphy etc, etc and by other people – personally and through their blogs. Really, I can’t think of anything that doesn’t inspire me to read.

8 thoughts on “Inspired

  1. Most of the things that inspire you also inspire me. I like going to places I know I will never be able to visit. I also like funny books that make me laugh. I guess this answer was more complex then I thought it would be. Happy BTT!


  2. What a wonderful response, Margaret. I was fortunate to be raised around avid readers who passed that love on to me. Like you, I read for a variety of reasons, whether it be to escape, to learn, to laugh or cry, to think, or to feel inspired.


  3. Lovely reply Margaret and similar to my answer. You beach pictures below are lovely also and made me wish I could escape to there.!
    Happy Reading–


  4. Hi Margaret,

    Yes, I agree: reading for me is about escape, learning, being challenged, broadening my mind … all that and more. I can’t even begin to comprehend what life would be like if I couldn’t read!


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