Simon from Stuck in a Book is challenging people to sum up their reading tastes in a single photo. Initially I resisted taking up the challenge, as I didn’t see how I could possibly summarise my eclectic taste in a single image. I was impressed by the way Lizzie and Annabel got around this problem by posting pictures of Liquorice Allsorts and ‘Everything but the Kitchen Sink’, but although I enjoy books from numerous genres I have a much more specific taste than that.
I need an emotional connection to the characters. I wanted a picture that showed a mixture of emotions, so I started off by searching for images using the phrase ‘crying with happiness’. Unfortunately I failed to find anything suitable. I almost posted this picture of a little boy crying, but although I do enjoy harrowing books that didn’t sum up my entire range.
I finally settled on this image:
I think it captures the emotional connection that I want from the books I read. I want to feel as though I know them; to form a bond with the people I read about and feel their joy and their pain.
Do you think this photo is a good reflection of my reading taste?
Which picture would you choose?