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You are what you read -- what does that make you?

Updated: Jan 9, 2023

If the above statement is true, I am indeed a bionic space warrior with ADHD having a romantic dinner with an Orc, which might or might not lead to a semi-arranged marriage.

If you can guess all the books I based my character on I owe you dinner and a free book (if you really want to guess let me know in the comments).

Which books do you aspire to read? And which have you read in the past?

I am asking because I believe there is a difference between what we wish to read, and what we actually start to devour on the couch. Are you like that too?

For example, I have some self-help and self-improvement books on the shelf, I have my Benazir Bhutto biography (she's magical). Then when nine o’clock comes along, and the kids are asleep. What do I do? I pull down my Scalzi, Weir, and Howey instead.. because what’s a better way to spend an evening submerged in another galaxy, exploring a planet, or trying to turn over a corrupt government in a dystopian future?

I do eventually get to my ‘fancier books’, how do I do it? I’ll tell you in a minute.

First I want to roll over all the judgment, I read everything. I read young adult fiction, romance, thrillers, sci-fi, and non-fiction and I enjoy all of it. Sure I have a preference for galactic battleships, but really who doesn’t?

I don’t know how much you read, but I think carefully about which books I pick up and spend my time on. Read my blog post about how we spend our time for more on that subject.

So how do I get to the heavier ones? I think about what they can do for me. What I can learn from them, how I will improve if I read them. That means that once or twice a week, (during the day actually), I plan a session a night for a non-fiction book.

I do it to help myself, to understand the world better, and to get little brain-treasures. These help me to stay balanced and focused in my daily life.

As many of us live hectic lives this can be necessary, and boy does it pay off. I do get to broaden my horizon and think outside the box. That being said, my brain at least, needs the stimulation of hardcore fiction most nights and I do surrender to that. With tea and chocolate. Duh.

Speaking of fiction, I am looking for some new book recommendations so please hit me up. All genres will do as I’m trying to expand my reading genres. You can find a list of my favorite books right here. All genres!

Fast forward to my conclusion: No one is judging you, be proud of what you read. So are you what you read? It doesn't really matter, maybe yes, maybe no. I just think you are wonderful because you picked up a book instead of Netflix. And if you really are what you read, then let’s be weird multi-dimensional creatures together.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. What are you currently reading?

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Feb 01, 2023

That's an excellent use of your time


Ran Horev
Ran Horev
Jan 08, 2023

Nowadays, mostly my wife's books and stories :)

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