- It relaxes me. Unlike other hobbies or self-indulgant pleasures like reading and writing blogs or watching TV or talking on the phone, reading relaxes me, and stimulates me at the same time, while I am sitting still, focusing on nothing else but the written word.
- It educates me. Whether it's reading a novel about the kind of character I will never be (a single man in law enforcement, living in Florida, for example), a travel memoir for a place I may never visit, or a nonfiction parenting or discipleship book, reading expands my horizons.
- It fuels my creativity. I've found that my writing goes hand in hand with my reading. Good writing, or different writing and books, plants seeds in my head that sometimes come out on paper.
I will post my list Thursday, and I would love to read yours, too. Her idea and challenge are here.
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What about blogs and carnivals?
I have heard several mention that making a commitment to read will bring them back to it, instead of just browsing on the web. I agree that sometimes reading blogs cuts into reading pages, but I do love to read blogs that encourage me, uplift me or challenge me as a believer, or make me laugh. I also am inspired in my own writing by reading honest, relevant and well-written blog posts.
I have participated in another Carnival of Family Life this week. I enjoy reading carnivals because occasionally I find a new blog that I want to add to my daily or weekly list, or I can enjoy reading certain blogs on the certain weeks that they particpate in a carnival. Kailani was very creative in putting together the entries, so if you are looking for some good reads, click here.