Last night I was looking at the list of challenges for the Around the World in 52 Books Challenge, and one of the challenges was to read a book from the Rory Gilmore Challenge. This challenge is comprised of 339 books which Rory (or other characters) read or talked about in the show, Gilmore Girls. I found a link to a “quiz” which asked you which books you had read and gave you a score at the end. Turns out I’ve only read 20 something of those books. Out of 339 books, I’ve only read 20 and I’m pretty sure the only reason I read them was because of school. Going into the “quiz” I knew I wasn’t going to get a very high score, but it was still a little shocking.
I’m very aware of how unsophisticated my reading choices are. I enjoy middle grade more than anything. Crime and Punishment bored me to tears. Earnest Hemingway is my least favorite author ever and I will never ever touch another one of his books again. And I’m pretty sure Catcher in the Rye is still one of my favorite books simply because I haven’t read it since high school. I’m pretty aware, and it had never bothered me that much before until recently. I have always thought about reading more of the “smart” books, but I always just go back to what I like. I think it’s time I improve myself, to truly learn something from what I read. Reading for me has always been something I enjoy, and sure, sometimes I learn some very important things, but I don’t necessarily use books as a tool to improve. Reading is mostly just fun.
I want to have intelligent conversations about the things I read, but how can I if I don’t read anything that truly stimulates me, makes me question myself or makes me see the world differently?
Perhaps I’m just thinking too much. Maybe it’s OK to just read for fun and nothing more. I mean, I do the same thing with movies, I don’t watch movies to learn something about life. I’d rather just live and learn and leave the movies for entertainment purposes only. But maybe I’m doing it all wrong.
I don’t know. Maybe I’m going through a quarter life reading crisis.
Do you strive to read books you can learn from or do you read books that will simply entertain you?