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October 9, 2014

My life changes my reading

I've always been fascinated by how each time a different person reads a book they read a different book. I don't mean that the book changes words every time it is closed, but each person has different life experiences and preconceived notions that are put into every book they read.
Middle School Me

This is even the case with the same person reading the same book years later. For example, say you read a book in middle school and adored it. It was your favorite book and you recommended to everyone who would listen. Then you grow up. Be it 5, 10, 30, 40 years, you have changed. Not just physically but emotionally, your preconceived notions might have been proven wrong. You might
have gone through some sort of emotional trauma. Heck you might have just read hundreds of books since you read your former favorite book last. No matter what when you pick up that book again, the book is exactly the same (unless it is a different edition or something) but you have changed. That book might be even better than it was before, you might understand things that went over your head previously that make the story so much richer. But often the book is not as good as you remember, Possibly as an adult you see that the heroine really was a brat like all the adult characters said maybe she should have listened. Anything can happen.

Because of all these thoughts that have been swirling around in my mind I have decided to start a feature where I talk about things in my life and how they impact the books I read. I don't yet know what I am going to call it but if you have any suggestions I would love to hear them. This is not going to be a weekly or even monthly feature it is more of whenever I think of something that shapes the way I read I will talk about it. But i will say that i already know what I am going to write about for the first one.

So let me know, what do you think impacts the way you read?