i read a lot. a whole lot. and very different books. mostly more than three at a time.
i think the book which influnced me the most is probably "the neverending story" by michael ende. it's suppossed to be a childrens book about a very different world of fantasy... for me it's more the essence of the philosophy of reading. for me it's about a whole world coming alive just by reading it. the story plays around how the characters are endangered by "nothing", how this world is eaten up by it, because nobody is reading the book anymore, where this world is set in. this kinda real influenced me and touched my soul deeply. i feel very responsibly about the characters i read, and i'm very sad when i have to admit, that poor frodo is still on this ship going into the second book - he's probably seasick by now or starved. poor rumo had a long stay at wolperingen with me, 'cause i couldn't find my red string to this story - but now i love it.
books i love i bring to life more often. but i realize i'm different from other readers. when i start reading i'm mostly the main character, probably the way the author planned it. but by the end of the book i created an own character in this story. mostly one very aside but able to talk to all the characters. i do talk to them in my dreams. sometimes this changes the story a bit, but mostly my head is able to imagine a character who is just adding to the the story without really changing it. this way i can ask the characters about their decisions and discuss what to do. when i would be one of them, then i probably wouldn't be able to talk this particular one. maybe the way i read books supports that.
the first time i'm pretty much involved with the main story, i want to know what happens to the man characters, how they change, will they survive? will they have to suffer? will they be happy in the end? i often cry. i did spend a lot of tears on those empty side of twilights second book "new moon". i was going to slap/punsh edward right into his face (i would probably broke my hand, too, just dreaming it) . i was real sad, and to be quite honest, i more or less stumpled across the next chapters, because i needed to know, what would happen to him. (i really hoped he would suffer deeply). at the sesond part of book 4 "breaking dawn", i was really close to jacob and so i read those missing chapters of the second book quite distinctive. so my added character was now in between chairs. but i love, when the story makes "my character" changing - or say developing - too.
if i like the plot, i know i will read the book again(this is when i have the urge to own it). if i loved the book, i can easily go from the last page right back to the first again, starting all new. knowingabout the story, seeing the side characters, see how they develop and how they influence the story and the main characters. i read twilights "eclipse" today probably the 15th time, and i just found a paragraph - i swear - i never realized before. interesting enough. so my story get's more complex with every time i read it. though i admit, sometimes i only read my favorite parts. and sometimes i search for those special missed parts.
but i love authors, who make it easy to get into this world quite easy. i guess it's not only the story, it's how they write and how they create that different world and how this one appeals to me. it was very easy for me going to hogwarts, its very easy to go to folks, it was very easy to see englands countryside of "oscar wild", i'm easily somewhere in italy with yosarian trying to bomb the germans without getting to close("catch 22"), i love to visit momo in her amphitheater and i kinda own a little house in phantasia, it's quite close to the beezlebub irrwitzer (who is really bad, but i kinda like him) though (all invented by "michael ende"... i could easily go on with this list quite a bit....
but there are books i only read once - some because they terrified me. i will never ever read a book of kings alt ego "richard bachman" again, because his world makes me want to visit a psychiatrist right away and make an appointment for the author. the worlds of jean-christophe grange get to me very easily but i fear them a bit... the same with süsskinds perfume - a wonderful book, but i feared the main character a lot.
so i loved their books, but i feel not much intentions visiting their world again. guess they need to be brought to live by some different reader.
there is one thing i hate, it's when books try to convince me of something. like a deeper moral.