Influences

21 Jun 2003|Christoper Ireland

I’m a non-linear reader. At least that’s the best explanation I have for my habit of reading several books simultaneously. It’s sometimes a challenge to remember all of the storylines, but reading relaxes me and I like to match my reading to my mood. If I’m stressed, I will usually choose whatever SciFi book I’m reading. Right now, that’s Frank Herbert’s Dosadi Experiment. If I’m energetic, I’ll choose a science book. My current one is Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain by Antonio Damasio. If I’m somewhere in between, then I’ll go for a mystery (Janet Evanovich’s series with Stephanie Plum for example) or a thriller. Although I can’t handle screen violence, I have no problem with it on a written page.

While I have always been an avid reader, how I find my books has changed dramatically over the past few years. I used to belong to book clubs or visit my local bookstore every couple of weeks. Finding a new book was a singular effort. Now I have 5-6 friends who either recommend books to me by sending the url or they just buy them for me (and I reciprocate). It’s like having streams of influence and as a result, the books I’m reading are more varied and more mentally challenging. Left to my own devices, I probably would stick to a more predictable list of authors or topics.

This strikes me as a great way to keep a fresh prespective. I wish I could find a way to apply it to the food I eat and the clothes I wear.

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