Musing Mondays — What to Read

Today’s Musing Mondays question is a thoughtful one…

“I was reading Eleanor Roosevelt’s book, “You Learn By Living“, via Google Books the other day, and came across a quote that really struck a chord with me. The quote said this:

“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.

2 thoughts on “Musing Mondays — What to Read

  1. caite says:

    I totally agree.
    I think sometimes we…and I certainly include myself in this…have to step out of our cozy comfort zone of reading and challenge ourselves. At least a bit.

  2. Ryan says:

    This is an important idea to have with you. I think if you're always reading the same genres, then you're limiting yourself, not just by taste, but also in terms of vision. Recently, I re-read On the Road for the billionth and it still speaks to me the way it did when I was 16. Last week, a friend recommended Mojo by Kris Sedersten, which is a horror book, but both I feel are strong enough for me to enjoy despite my pension for Kerouac.

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