|‘If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.’
I love this quote. I’ve always read widely and without any sense of purpose. I love discovery. The thrill of a new topic, a different way of looking at things and reading provides this. I can’t properly describe the thrill discovering new writers, even if they were long before my time or today’s writers. I have a tendency to avoid the best sellers list. I like books I can get my teeth into. Books that I have to pause, put down, and sometimes just take a breath. Some books I love for the sheer ride, the thrill of entering another world for a short period of time, those books, some of them bestsellers, are the icing on the cake. But the books I love are the solid reads. I like a book that slows my mind down. Haruki Murakam is one of those writers. His quote really expresses the capability of books to transform our minds and our worlds. We are what we read and that directly influences what we write.