I've never really understood the concept of "light reading," which is not to say the only books I read are serious with a capital S. It's simply that I don't buy into the idea that some are read because they're considered worthy and some for pleasure. I don't care what kind of book it is, it has to give pleasure, or what's the point?
More than that, I want to read books that somehow enter into the bloodstream, that become part of oneself. I suppose by "books" I really mean novels, because I am pretty much exclusively a consumer of fiction. And I say "consumer" because reading is a form of eating; both books and food provide nourishment. I do feel when I read that I am savoring the words—the writers I go for are the ones whose language I like the taste of.
For me it's never plot that makes the difference—any book that can be summed up by answering the question: "What's it about?" is not the book for me.
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