All other thing being equal, would you rather read a book that’s hard/challenging/rewarding or light/enjoyable/easy?
I think there are degrees of difficulty and what challenges me one day may seem easier the next. On the whole, I tend to hang around the harder end of the spectrum with forays into the middle now and again. I don’t really like very easy books – I perceive them as often being poorly written.
“Why?” is the next obvious question, isn’t it? And that prompts me to tell you why I read in the first place. I’ve always been a reader and have always used printed pages to escape. Today I read for pleasure and enjoy the sense of achievement I feel on finishing a not-so-easy book. I also read for distraction (from mental health problems) and very easy books don’t require enough effort for this to work.
However, there are books which are just too difficult for me to enjoy the experience of reading them. I don’t coerce myself to read what I don’t enjoy very often (perhaps I should?) and there is a point beyond which I don’t feel comfortable going. Yet. Who knows what the future may hold?
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