Thursday, November 03, 2011

Booking Through Thursday: Harder

This week, BTT asks a question that made me stop and think a bit: "All other thing being equal, would you rather read a book that’s hard/challenging/rewarding or light/enjoyable/easy?"

This one is a little hard to answer (and I'm not sure exactly what we mean by "all other things being equal" -- what things?), because I think I like both those choices. At different times and for different purposes, but I wouldn't rule either of them out. Of course one person's hard/challenging/rewarding might be the next person's piece of fluff. And, speaking realistically, if a book is really so hard to read that it takes a lot of work to get through, I'm very unlikely to stick with it. Which is why Tolstoy, Proust, and David Foster Wallace aren't on my must-read list at the moment.

My preferred reading, of course, would be something that's challenging and enjoyable. Is that too much to ask?

5 comments:

  1. i like a light and easy read. i don't really need "challenging"

    Trish @ Tales from ...

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  2. Since I read for entertainment and enjoyment, I don't want it to seem like it is a challenge to get through. Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. I prefer light and easy.

    http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2011/11/booking-through-thursday.html

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  4. I like both choices as well. Though, when I find challenging AND enjoyable, it sure makes my day! :)

    http://tippiesbookcorner.blogspot.com/2011/11/booking-through-thursday-harder.html

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