Reading started late for me. I was 20 when I started reading books that had only letters, words, sentences, paragraphs and chapters in them.
I guess I should have started earlier but what’s done is done. I was more into just guitars, music and magazines about guitars and music. Books were just a bore to me. Not that i hated them thought. They just bore me to ‘death’ most of the time.
Well that changed when I hit 20 and started following Jesus. Reading was a necessity because the bible requires us to read it so it was not an instantaneous kind of experience but I think reading soon grew on me.
But i just concentrated on Christian literature, from devotional material to some scholarly works (after all I am in seminary). But that was about it.
Recently though, I have a change of heart about reading other stuff. Novels would be a challenge for me. I don’t know what it is with me and novels but i just can’t focus myself reading them. Kind of crazy sometimes considering they are stories and we are supposed to like stories.
So, I’m starting to read some novels now…Gilead by Marilynne Robinson and The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. The ironic things is, which just occurred to me, I tend to read more male writers compared to women when I’m reading Christian material. And most of the novels I bought now have more female authors.
Still working through Gilead which is interesting having Christian themes in it and i’m also in chapter 3 of Kostova’s book which surprisingly caught my attention, which is good.
Haven’t gotten a hang of novels yet but it seems to be going well at the moment. Sometimes trying out different flavors can be a good thing rather than just having just one flavor as a favorite.