I read a lot. Obviously I write this blog about reading. I try to read one to two books a week but that really depends on what is going on in my life.
I read for many reasons; relaxation, escape and knowledge just to name a few. I used to read just fiction but recently I have delved into the world of non-fiction and I am glad.
I came to a realization. You can read a lot but you may not be getting everything the author is trying to communicate with the reader. I found this to be particularly true when I read the book Wicked. It was a book club selection and I am glad because I just didn’t get all the deep hidden meaning or maybe it wasn’t deeply hidden.I just didn’t see it. So while I liked the book when I read it, I liked it a whole lot more after having our discussion.
The author took certain situations or scenes that are common in many books. For example characters sitting down eating. I remember reading the dinner scene in the book coincidently entitled The Dinner. Two couples, family members get together at a restaurant where as they sit and eat a serious discussion ensues. The dinner while appearing outwardly to be just an ordinary dinner really is a tense situation at which difficult decisions need to be made and not all are in agreement. The author did a great job of using a dinner gathering to bring the characters together to tell the story.
When I saw this book I just knew I had to read it. It is very interesting and very readable and very helpful.