Inspired

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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!

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  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.

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  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–
    Kim

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  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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