October 15, 2021
Is a Balanced Reading Life Important?
October is National Book Month
National Book Month is held each October.
The month-long celebration focuses on the importance of reading, writing and literature.
To celebrate, I’m asking a bookish question… or two….
- Do you have a balanced reading life?
- Do you think a reader needs a balanced reading life?
- What is a balanced reading life?
- Is a balanced reading life important?
- What are the benefits of a balanced reading life?
- What do you do to balance your reading life?
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10 Reasons For a Balanced Reading Life:
I think a balanced reading life is important for the following reasons (in no particular order):
After reading the emotional Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell, I purposefully read a few lighthearted books.
Genre Fatigue or Book Hangovers or Reading Slumps
I devour historical fiction like the Hungry, Hungry Hippo! Even I can tire of a steady diet of histfic. Changing up your genre is a tried and true strategy for getting out of a reading slump. I often turn to Middle Grade in these situations.
Converse With a Variety of Readers
One of my greatest joys is recommending books and discussing books. This would be easier if every reader likes what I like. Are you prepared to recommend a book to a reader or discuss books with readers whose tastes differ from yours? I have a couple of friends that enjoy chick lit, one of my grandsons likes survival stories; my son-in-law loves post apocalyptic; I know young readers and sensitive readers and nonfiction readers and memoir readers. How can I recommend books to the variety of readers in my life when I don’t dabble in a variety of genres?
Young at Heart
I love an occasional Middle Grade read! Some of my favorite Middle Grade reads are here (I need to update the post!). I love that I always have a recommendation at my fingertips for young readers. It enables me to feel confidant in buying a bookish gift for a young reader if I’ve read the book myself. (feeling yonng-at-heart is a bonus!)
Nonfiction and Fiction Balance
Every year I try to increase my percentage of nonfiction books read. Within the genre, I prefer narrative nonfiction (nonfiction that reads like a story) and thoughtful memoirs. Very often you can find nonfiction/fiction book pairings like the ones I’ve included in this post. (I have an updated version of this post scheduled for 11/8)……reading a nonfiction/fiction pairing is an easy way to balance your reading life.
Balance Out Long Books
Immediately after reading Cloud Cuckoo Land (650+ pages) by Anthony Doerr (which should have counted as three books!), I read three quick women’s fiction (chick lit) books to help beef up my book count for the month.
A Break While Reading a Long or Dense Book
When I read A Gentleman in Moscow I read a shorter book in between each section of the book.
Before You See the Movie
Some readers enjoy reading the book before seeing the movie….a few examples include: The Martian, Project Hail Mary, Hunger Games, Divergent, Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Jurassic Park Which book have you read before seeing the movie?
Stimulate Your Reading Life
Variety is the spice of life and this is also true in the reading life. I love to count and analyze the different genres I’ve read at year’s end. (yes, I’m a hard core book nerd!) I definitely feel that aiming for a balance of genres enhances the reading life!
Instead of saying I don’t read that genre consider that maybe you just haven’t read the right book in that genre …examples….
I don’t like thrillers or paranormal reads but I did (mostly) enjoy The Good Sister and The Beautiful Strangers (a not so scary ghost story); The Nature of Fragile Things and The Huntress have a side of thriller.
So, what I’m saying is that even though I don’t read a great deal in certain genres, I probably have a book I can mention for someone who expresses an interest in the genre.
Join the Discussion:
Do you consider yourself a balanced reader?
Do you see any value in being a balanced reader?
Do you have any tips to share about balancing your reading life?
Happy Reading Book Buddies!
“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke
“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes
“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection! Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text
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