Reading: Preferences

One of my goals in the coming year is to read more, and to make a daily habit of reading.

Deciding what to read has been a challenge for me.

I come across many book and author recommendations, but in all honesty I don’t always agree with them.

I’ve always feared this was a liability as a reader, writer, and educated person. I’m realizing now that I don’t have to worry about feeling guilty about reading something that just doesn’t interest me.

For example, I recently realized I know little about fairies (or is it faeries?)

When it comes to fairies, and even fairy tales, I have mixed feelings. (What is the relationship between the fairy and the fairy tale?)

Sometimes I find a subject or genre interesting, but I don’t enjoy a particular author’s interpretation of it, or their perspective is so opposite from mine that I have difficulty seeing it.

I do believe it’s important to be a well-rounded person, and to be able to see the world from different points of view. However, I don’t think I’ll be enjoying much military fiction in the near future.

I recently came across a free novel by Ernest Hemmingway. Even though I recognize his skill as a writer, I know I’m probably not going to enjoy Islands in the Stream. So I’ll probably be passing it along.

Preferences are something that I’m going to need to pay closer attention to if I want to succeed in my goal of developing a reading habit. As with any other choice that we must make about how to spend our time and energy, reading material is no different. We must be self-aware and discerning. I plan on making more conscious choices in my reading selections this year. I am hoping this helps me as a writer and as a person.