I'm in a season of life where I just don't have much time to relax, so when I choose a book to read I am very very picky. I want something that I feel deeply connected to, whether it is a funny tale or a magical epic story. I think that so much of ourselves can be revealed through what sort of storys we love. I seek out happy tv shows and movies because my spirit is so moved by simple entertainment. With books, I am really drawn to storys that revolve around young characters navigating a new journey ahead of them. I love an air of mystery and magic in a good book whether it be magical realism like Haruki Murakami or Franz Kafka's writings, a philosophical & mystical experience like The Little Prince or The Alchemist, or a mysterious journey of seeking knowledge like The Shadow of the Wind or Snow Falling on Cedars.
I think that there is so much to learn and embrace about yourself through analyzing the type of books you read! I know that I definitely have a passion for constant learning, and with each new thing I learn I feel a deeper sense of the mystery of life and the greater beyond. The types of books that I am drawn to usually have characters who have a similar spirit as me, seeking something greater in their own journeys. And on the lighter side, I love reading a witty goofy story every once and while like anything by David Sedaris or Tina Fey's Bossypants. I'm 80% serious and 20% insanely goofy and my reading track record displays that too. :)
What sorts of stories are your favorite? Take some time this week to write down all of your favorite books, poems and stories. Once you see all of them written down together on a page, think about how they connect. Are they all centered around a love story and does that reflect in your own life? Are you more drawn to fantasy and seek to bring that out in your everyday experiences as well? Perhaps you really love autobiographies, maybe that means you are seeking to live a life that reflect those who inspire you and who have come before you. Really dig deep in your spirit and time time to relate personally to the stories you love. I think you'll find some pretty amazing insight into who you are and what sort of themes echo through your pursuits. Be sure to leave a comment here too letting me know what you discover in your time ruminating and reflecting!
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