Today’s Musing Mondays question is a thoughtful one…
“What counts, in the long run, is not what you read; it is what you sift through in your own mind; it is the ideas and impressions that are aroused in you by your reading.”
(pg. 7-8, “You Learn By Living” by Eleanor Roosevelt)
What do you think about this quote? Do you believe this to be true? If so, why and how? And, if not, why not?”
I’ve said a little bit on the subject before, but I will say again that I am a big fan of people reading what they want to read rather than what they think they should read. Reading in general is good, and you’re going to learn new things and get new impressions from every book you read, even if you’re not reading “literature” or whatever.
But at the same time, I would say that reading widely is what’s really important for ideas and impressions. If you like mysteries, say (which is pretty much the only thing I used to read, back in the day), that’s great, but don’t spend your life re-reading those books, or reading only mysteries by Agatha Christie or Philip R. Craig or whomever. Read stories that are different, try new authors, look at books that are mystery but are for whatever reason shelved in fiction instead (these are now my favorite mystery books!). And move on from there! Even if you don’t like everything you pick up (and feel free to put it down if it’s not engaging you!), you’ll be exposed just that little bit more to new ways of thinking.