Sometimes, oftentimes, I’m not as articulate as I wish I could be when I discuss books.
There are things that I understand on a subconscious level that won’t bubble up to the surface no matter how much I try.
I’ve found over the years that I tend to work things out verbally, which is why I did so well in English class. The group discussions would help solidify thoughts in my head. Many times I would raise my hand and only have a vague idea of what I wanted to say. It wasn’t uncommon for me to have aha moments once I started talking.
I think this is why it’s so important for me to discuss what I read on this blog and on other people’s blogs and in my book clubs and with co-workers and friends. Those discussions help solidify thoughts and feelings that are otherwise nebulous and bokehish. Discussions also help spark thoughts that are new to me, or thoughts that were there the whole time but didn’t have the words to make them alive.
Why is it important for you to discuss books? Or do you even need to discuss books?