Few days ago I tried a quiz about what kind of book am I and I got 'mystery' as a result. I'm not going to talk about why I got mystery (some of you probably could guess) but in the quiz there's a question 'When you read, what are you looking for?' and my answer was 'an escape'. At that moment I felt like I was hit by a revelation (I want to use 'epiphany' but that would be exaggerating) that I was - and still am - looking for a way to escape from my mundane and probably a bit (who am I kidding? a lot!) depressing life that I have. So I ran and found my safe haven in stories. I could experience near-death without have to risk my life, I could feel the emotional frenzy while lying in my not-so-comfortable bed; the point is I could experience many things without have to risk myself from getting hurt.
But sometimes, once in a while you'll find a book that pierce deep into your soul and awaken something inside you. When I met those kinds of books, I wasn't looking for an escape; I was hungry or perhaps my soul was hungry for information, for explanation, for a way of thinking or to find a reason, or simply for an answer of an unspoken question...
Why you read a book, what are you looking for?
ps: if you are curious, this is the quiz: http://www.blogthings.com/whatkindofbookareyouquiz/