Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Balance Wednesday- Read Fiction

I read a lot of non-fiction. And usually too much of it. Right now I have one book going about the history of Nature writing, and also Sue Hubbell's Waiting for Aphrodite- a natural history book about invertebrates. Then there's Peter Matthiessen's The Snow Leopard, not to mention all the magazines- Orion, Plank Road, Backpacker.

These are all lovely books, and fascinating reads. But after a long day of working, writing, parenting, I usually want some entertainment. I realized last night that I can't always be reading non-fiction. That does not exactly go with my need for balance. 

So I picked up a fiction book I found at a second-hand bookshop and sat down to let my mind relax. It's One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia, and I was drawn in from the first line. That's the thing about fiction, if it's good fiction, you forget about your own life and are able to get wrapped up in someone else's for a while. 

Non-fiction doesn't do that for me. I am always pausing to relate what I am reading to myself, to ponder the depth of what I feel, and to think further on what the author is saying. Non-fiction causes me to think more critically. Fiction allows for escape, and brings the reader on a trip, and eventually to some thoughtful conclusion.

Snow leopards and starfish are great, but sometimes you just need one crazy summer to balance things out.

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