My brother Mark & I like to debate about owning books vs electronic readers. He is pro-electronic readers and never having to move boxes of books. My rebuttal always consists of how personal a book is. You can get it signed, share it with your friends, stick sticky notes in it and maybe even hug & smell them.
The other night I was hanging out with some friends and the conversation turned to books, something we do not normally talk about. I asked what their opinion was on books vs. readers. One said he liked having books and then jokingly added how it made him feel like he was better than other people. He asked if I ever felt having books made me feel superior. I just laughed and explained how I use to read books that others considered intelligent and although I could appreciate them I just did not love them. Then I found books that made me love reading again, and I have never looked back. Although I am not ashamed of the books I love, I realize that most people are probably not impressed with my books. I was kind of surprised when he confessed he was impressed that I read.
That conversation took place Monday night then today a blog I follow did a post called My Taste in Books , where she lists what she looks for in a book. I could pretty much copy the whole post over here because I loved & related to it all. But here are some that especially resonated with me...
- I like reading the truth, being moved and authors who get under their character's skins.
I have noticed that characters who feel the most real to me are characters who authors say had a mind of their own, making choices the author did not want them to make.
- I love hope and redemption and life.
I believe in Hope as in the song The Cave by Mumford & Sons "I will hold on hope".
- I love books that somehow manage to peek into my soul.
There is such comfort in reading a book where a characters shares your insecurities, fears or joys.
- I want to read books that have characters worthy of me spending my time with them.
I found the blog after reading a review by Nomes on Goodreads, she had said exactly what I had wanted to say about the book. After clicking on the "compare books" in Goodreads I found we have 64 books in common and are 86% similar. Nomes lives in Australia, we don't even live in the same country and still have that many in common, she is definitely a kindred spirit.
"Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It's splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world." — Lucy Maud Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables)
One of the last things she says in her post is... "No one has the same taste as me. No one will 100% love what I do. And, I like that."
Isn't it funny how we both love to find people who love or hate the same things we do but we also love the little things that make us us.