I was watching an interview with Ben Okri my favourite writer of all time, and he read these 10 and 1/2 inclinations that he wrote as a minor provocation in response to The Royal Society of Literature’s request to suggest 10 seminal books everyone under the age of 20 should read. They resonated with me so much I immediately took out my journal and writ them up, I have also shared the video on my inspiration page in resources.
1.) There is a secret trail of books meant to inspire and enlighten you. Find that trail
2.) Read outside your nation, class, colour, gender
3.) Read the books your parents hate
4.) Read the books your parents love
5.) Have one or two authors that are important, that speak to you, and make their works your secret passion.
6.) Read widely, for fun, for stimulation, for escape.
7.) Don’t read what everyone else is reading, check them out later; cautiously.
8.) Read what you’re not supposed to read.
9.) Read for your own liberation and mental freedom.
10.) Books are like mirrors, don’t just read the words, go into the mirror, that’s where the real secrets are inside, behind. That’s where the gods dream, where our realities are born.
10½.) Read the world; read the world, it is the most mysterious book of all.