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BTT: Hard (subjectively)

November 3, 2011

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All other thing being equal, would you rather read a book that’s hard/challenging/rewarding or light/enjoyable/easy?

Oh, this really depends!I think I have moments when each comes in handy. I think that I probably differ a little bit from the mainstream (though I haven’t read any other answers, yet; this is based purely on assumption) in that I tend to read light books when I’m in an easy going moment with nothing else on my plate and I save the hard stuff for when I need a serious distraction. I tend to go right for the rough, tough stuff when I probably need to be giving my brain a rest simply because it gets my mind onto things other than what I’m stressing about.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. November 3, 2011 9:50 am

    Reading for stress relief is a great thing…
    Love your Woolf quote

    Here’s my Booking Through Thursday ~ House Millar series


  2. Palm Trees & Bare Feet permalink
    November 3, 2011 9:52 am

    Yep, it all depends on the reading mood! 🙂

  3. November 3, 2011 10:25 am

    I think I agree that different times call for different books. When things are hard and challenging in my life, I need something a little easier and fluffy. When I am feeling stagnant and unmotivated, I go for something heavier. I think a lot depends on what is going on in my life.

  4. November 3, 2011 10:29 am

    I think I’m exactly the opposite — tend to go for the light and fluffy when I’m in a period of stress. But I’m definitely a “mood reader.”

  5. November 3, 2011 11:40 am

    I hate either-or questions. I always end up arguing for both.

  6. November 3, 2011 1:32 pm

    your mood at the time is a big factor.

  7. November 7, 2011 12:04 pm

    It definitely depends with me, too! In the summer I’m much more into the light, chick-lit type books — “beach reads,” though I abhor that term — than this time of year, when I’m inside more and have time set aside purely for reading.

  8. November 7, 2011 9:23 pm

    Yup, definitely depends on my mood and what else I’m juggling in life at the moment. Sometimes I’ll dip into a lighter book as a palate cleanser after a few tough reads.

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