Connect Five Friday – A Balanced Reading Life?



It’s time once again for Connect Five Friday,  hosted at Book Date by Kathryn – the meme where we share five book/reading things that connect in some way.

Reading has been a godsend for me the past few years what with all the health issues my hubby has had (and my poor old arthritic knees!), especially when he spent 4 months in hospital last year.

Being retired has freed me to read voraciously – usually a book a day. And books from many genres as well. I read a wonderful post by Carol at Reading Ladies, entitled “Is a Balanced Reading Life Important?

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I answered her questions after reading the post and it has still left me thinking about it. I do try to have a balanced reading life. And so, I have come up with 5 reasons why I need a balance reading life and why it is important:

  1. As a mood reader, I need to have a variety of books on hand. I tend to read 3-5 books at a time – a romance, a fantasy, a non-fiction, a book or 2 from the library. That way I can switch back and forth.

2, I want to learn so I turn to non-fiction regularly – to learn a new skill (right know that is digital photography), to learn about the past, to learn about others, to improve my writing.

3. I read mentor texts in the genre I am writing – from romance to MG to picture books. These give me guidance as I write.

4. If a movie is coming out, I try to read the book it is based on first.

5. And then sometimes I just read for fun, especially after a heavy, emotional book.

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10 thoughts on “Connect Five Friday – A Balanced Reading Life?

  1. Great thoughts on a balanced reading life. I am a bit of a mood reader too, I do read non fiction as well as fiction but the NF is generally in my fields of interest. Spirituality, enneagram, quilting etc.

    • Thanks Kathryn. I feel the same with most of NF – I have to have an interest. When I was teaching – it was about education mostly. Now I read books about writing, about spirituality as well. I enjoy memoirs as well.

  2. Great post Bev. I also have many books on the go at one time. I like cozies and romance to cleanse my mind after a difficult non-fiction or historical fiction. Good luck with your writing.

  3. Thank you for proving that dreams can come true – one day I WILL retire and I WILL be able to read to my heart’s content! 😅 I’m with you on the need for a balanced reading life, but I’m amazed at your capacity to read multiple books at a time. I’m a one-at-a-time gal, purely because I get so invested in one particular story, I find it difficult to make the “switch”. I do alternate titles, and their “moods”, though to avoid getting caught in a same-old-same-old rut.

  4. Lovely and thoughtful post! I also try to read the book before I watch the film, which means I have a stack of unread books and unwatched films on my tbr. Ha!

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