Monday, August 10, 2009
My friend Rochelle and I both love to read. But we are totally different readers. I’m not talking about the types of books we read, because we read many of the same books. Kafka on the Shore and Run are favorites for both of us. But after I read Owen Meany I had a mini-epiphany. Owen is Rochelle’s type of book. She reads for deeper meaning. Me, I read for story.
Okay, and so Rochelle has yet to actually read Owen, but since she now has my copy and I’m posting about her, I’m predicting it won’t be long. And I’d be willing to bet she loves it. Because while I was standing in her cubicle ranting about all of the symbolism she was practically bouncing in her chair with excitement. (And yes, we work together…I don’t randomly show up at her work to talk about books.)
See, Rochelle likes to think about symbolism and what the author was getting at and all sorts of other things that drive me a little batty when I’m reading. I want to be entertained. I want to read a story that is so engrossing it transports me into the scene. I want to imagine I’m there with the characters, seeing what they’re seeing, feeling what they’re feeling. But I don’t necessarily want to analyze those feelings.
I also tend to sit down and plow through a book. This year I’ve been reading about 12 books each month. Rochelle reads about 2. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. :-D Far from it…Rochelle tends to remember scenes and details that I forget after a few days. And she ponders the book. I just want to dive into whatever book grabs my attention next.
Do I have a point? Not really. This was just something I’ve been thinking about all weekend, after we talked about it on Friday. Because Rochelle is pretty much the only person I know that I can talk books with that I see on a regular basis. Yes, I know a few other readers, but she’s the one I connect with over books. Despite our different reading styles, we still love to hear each other’s thoughts about the books we’re reading. Does that make us complimentary readers?
So what kind of a reader are you? Are you like Rochelle, or are you like me? Or are you a completely different type of reader?
PS: Rochelle has a blog, but she very rarely posts. Don’t you think she needs to work on that?