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Do you dream when you read, or does your reading inspire your dreams (or even your nightmares).  Reading magical realism or fantasy titles is a way to explore other people’s dream creations.

Do you read accounts of other people’s dreams and their interpretation? Do inspiring accounts of real life successes help you dream about the possibilities in your own life?

Does reading help you pursue your dreams?

When you are reading your dream reads in June, you might like to tweet using #NYR12 so that other people can have a conversation with you about your reading.

There will also be a live twitter discussion 26 June starting at 8.00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (and lasting until about 10.00pm Western Standard Time).  Use the tag #NYR12 as you discuss your dream reading.

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  1. January 7, 2012 1:43 am

    I am a dreamer and my dreams fuel my writing. Dreams reveal unexpected pathways and the best writing also surprises the reader in some way. Reading can be a shared dream …

  2. June 9, 2012 2:43 pm

    Representations of dreams aren’t always beautiful and uplifting. There’s one novel I read when I was younger which presented dreams in a darker way. In Dreamrider by Barry Jonsberg, while dreaming offers escape and comfort for the protagonist, it was also unwittingly a method of self-deception. The novel also explores relevant themes for young adults such as bullying, negative self-image and identity. In a way, I guess questioning the true nature of reality itself is a big question we all don’t stop asking even as we grow older. The ending was a bit of a disappointment and melodramatic for me, but the journey makes the novel worth checking out,

  3. June 22, 2012 3:51 pm

    这个月,Dundas中文阅读小组针对 ‘梦想’这个阅读主题进行了讨论。有个成员阅读了<>,谈到很久以来,老一辈的一直在追求强国的梦,有的去科学救国,有的去追随冯玉祥去了台湾,有的成了民主党人士,路虽不同,但都在追梦,比如章士钊。




    有个成员谈到阅读过的<> – 与你心灵相契的,可以信任的,无条件帮助你的,你曾经爱过的,曾经讨厌过的,曾经背叛过的,你曾经偷偷喜欢的,曾经匆匆擦肩而过的,曾经误会的,更重要的是能同你共度一生的,都要珍惜。因为他们,人生的梦才多姿多彩。

    This month the Dundas (one of Parramatta branches) Chinese Reading Group discussed the NYR theme of ‘dream’. One member read ‘Pursue the dream’, biography of Zhang Shizhao, and said, for a long time, the Chinese people have pursued dreams of strengthening the nation. Some of her family members including one uncle wanted to save the nation by science, one followed Feng Yuxiang and went to Taiwan, and another became a member of a democracy party. The ways they seek their dreams are different but they all persevered their dreams, just like Zhang Shizhao.

    Another member read ‘A hundred years collective memories of Hong Kong’ and still felt the nightmares of the Japanese invasion during the WWII.

    One member read ‘No angry jobs’ by a Taiwanese writer Qiu Yonglin. She said ‘a positive attitude can make one healthier.’ The book details a study of 180 nuns split into two focus groups who lived in the same environment for 60 years. 10 survived from the negative group while the other had 25 survivors. Life attitude certainly impacts one’s dream as well as one’s health.

    The members agreed that everyone has a dream for beauty but only those who can love, are the most beautiful people.

    One member spoke about the article ‘Ten people should be cherished’: people who could communicate with your soul, people who can be trusted, people who unconditionally helped you, people whom you loved, people whom you disgusted, people who betrayed you, people whom you liked, people whom you briefly encountered, people who misunderstood you. But most importantly the only one who shares your dreams and your pain in your life time should be more treasured. Because of all these people, you become who you are and they coloured your dreams.

  4. Ambar Banerji permalink
    June 22, 2012 5:02 pm

    Extremely enlightening to learn form the Chinese Reading Group about their diverse ideas on the theme ‘Dream.’ Seeing them discuss at first hand in my own Branch Library was very satisfying. It is a new idea which was explored in such interesting ways. I dream too. Dreams invigorate me towards a positive & brighter sense of bliss, even if most of them are wishful thinking…. Ambar


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