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.
I 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.