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Friday, March 18, 2016


Worldwide no matter to which country you wander, there you will find a fondness for stories.  

Go back as far as the written or oral record goes, and you will find the storyteller.

Do you get lost in a good book?  Psychologists call that "transportation."

Transportation is related to the idea of "flow" -- 

that pleasurable feeling you get when you are completely absorbed in an activity, and lose track of time.

 Reading, it turns out, is the most common activity people pursue to get a flow experience.  

 Temporarily leaving one’s reality sometimes feels very pleasing, 

and people in an unpleasant mood will choose to read to pull themselves out of that sensation.

Stories of all kinds can have effects our or attitudes and beliefs about the real world, for good or ill. 

Even fictional stories are known to be able to cause changes in beliefs about the world.

Reading can be like a drug -- in a positive way.  

 If you get the book that makes a person fall in love with reading, 

they want another one and another one after that.

 But what makes that one book a trigger for continuous reading? 

For some, it’s the discovery that a book’s character is like you, or thinks and feels like you. 

What was that book that triggered in you the desire 
for continued reading?

What draws you back to reading 
time and time again?

DON'T FORGET that I will be slipping onto Deniz Bevan's blog, The Girdle of Melian later on this morning:

Samuel McCord and his Alien Empress wife, Meilori Shinseen, have a destiny to which they sail aboard the Xanadu, the 1st Air-Steamship

I think of this melody as the theme of that destiny:


  1. There was no specific book which triggered in me the desire for continued reading.
    I was fascinated by books BEFORE I could read. To learn reading was for me the most important reason to go to school. I turn 57 in four month and I'm still a book addict.

    To read is one of the most satisfying action in my life.
    To discover worlds in the past or in the future or fictional is awesome. To accompany well developed characters, to understand their motive is something very emotional and is one of the reasons why I love to read series.

    Some may say that it is pure escapism but for me it is like holiday.

    1. Like you, I was absorbed by books BEFORE I could read. My mother read picture books to me. I still remember the artwork to the Popeye book she read to me in the doctor's office.

      Like you, the thought of being able to decipher those scriggles on the pages from which she read was like discovering some cosmic secret. I fought to learn how to read.

      We meet other minds with reading. Only in books can we peer into the minds of others as they go about solving or making problems. It is the only real telepathy we have access to.

      Thanks for such an indepth comment. And HAPPY BIRTHDAY 4 months in advance. :-)

    2. The Chronicles of Narnia steered me toward fantasy and I have not looked back.

    3. Sherlock Holmes THE SIGN OF THE FOUR did it for me, followed by THE INSIDIOUS DR. FU MANCHU. THIS IMMORTAL made me want to write. :-)

  2. I was always a reader, but that trigger book was Sword of Shannara.

    1. Isn't it a shame what the TV producers have done with Shannara? I believe you call it 50 SHADES OF SHANNARA. :-)

  3. I'm like you, Roland -- the books that were read to me before I could read started my love for them. And it really is true that story-telling is part of our DNA, our souls and hearts and minds. For me, the more I care about the characters, the more I keep going back.

    1. Same here, Helena. I go back to the Spenser novels and the Mercy Thompson novels for the "family" in them that make feel as I am visiting old friends. :-)

  4. Hi Roland - I started with fairy stories ... and moved on to historical romances, then historical novels ... and now more serious historical books. Limericks I love, as too Flanders and Swann who wrote songs with wit, gentle satire, complex rhyming sections and memorable choruses ...

    Oh yes - and recommendations by friends - I loved Louis Lamour's "The Walking Drum" .. wonderful .. cheers Hilary

    1. I learned so much from THE WALKING DRUM and it is a tribute to the importance of always learning, isn't it?

      I started reading by myself with Edith Hamilton's MYTHOLOGY. :-)

  5. Hilary's comment about fairy tales, ah yes, that shot me back to my childhood and my mother teaching me nursery rhymes, which I guess are like fairy tales. Can't remember what I read in elementary school,just that I always loved reading and writing. High school was historical fiction. If only now I could remember it all... BTW, your wonderful book in print came last week, and over the weekend I read the first chapters. LOVE it so far. I am a very slow reader, but hope to have it read and reviewed by the end of the week. Right now I'm very impressed .. even downloaded Mark Twain's Innocents Abroad from Gutenberg, have never read it... You're expanding my horizons... the sky's just beginning!

    1. I am so happy that you are enjoying THE NOT-SO-INNOCENTS ABROAD. I look forward to your review. I am currently re-listening to Twain's THE INNOCENTS ABROAD.

      Mark Twain is a scoundrel in my book, but a lovable one. I am glad to introduce the rascal to you. Watch out. He's a flirt.

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