What is it about a good book? It can draw you right out of this world with all of its pressures, problems, demands and reality and into another time, place and existence, until you are immersed and all sense of the passage of real time seems to vanish. Characters on the page become real, breathing entities - they are your dearest friends. You are racing towards the end of the story, desperately seeking resolution, while at the same time terrified to see the whole experience come to an end. What will you do without the experiences of these beloved characters to occupy your thoughts? There have been many occasions when I have closed a book and desperately wondered how life dared to continue marching along as if nothing had just happened. Now that I had read that book-experienced those pages-I would never be the same. I was forever changed. I am not too ashamed to admit that when I finished The Book Thief for the first time, I carried it around with me for a few days because I just wasn't ready to let go of that story - of that experience. I couldn't even think about reading something new. I wasn't ready. For me, finishing a great book is like finishing a relationship: you just need time to fully heal before starting a new one.
We have all heard about the benefits of reading. It inspires creativity and imagination. It makes us
Now, I personally didn't need another reason to read good fiction, but articles like this are kind of like those news bulletins that reveal that chocolate is actually GOOD for your health. It just makes the whole pursuit of something you love a little sweeter!
Enjoy this article by Tom Blunt. Read it carefully, then post your overall impression of the article. What did you like reading most? What surprised you? I would love to hear your thoughts.
And, if you have any great recommendations in fiction, well, go ahead and post those, too!