In keeping with last week’s blog on personal reading, I’m thinking about how, over the years, my reasons for reading a book have changed. When I was a teenager, I would read a book to find out what might happen if I married:
1.) a rich man
2.) a poor man
3.) an executive
4.) an artist
5.) a pirate (not really but it’s hard to avoid them in books, though they’re scarce in rural Virginia)
And what if he turned out to:
1.) have a secret life
2.) be a gambler
3.) find a treasure map no one knew about before
4.) be a faithless drunk
5.) be a real prince
…well, you get the picture. In other words, when I wasn’t reading for school, I read to see what grown-up authors — who were certainly wise because after all, they were authors! — were saying should, could, or would happen to women who married into these different situations. The choices they made, and what happened to them helped me see how I should navigate the grown-up world.
Now that I have been married many years to a prince, (thanks in part to my youthful reading, perhaps), I no longer read for the same reasons. Now I read, in part to:
1.) become closer to the Lord
2.) challenge myself
3.) catch up on the classics
4.) keep up with the latest trends
5.) stay informed
And yes, I do read for fun, too. And I’m still a romantic. Some things never change.
What type of books did you read as a teenager?
How have your book reading habits changed over the years?