1-I like to read novels.
2-I like reading novels.
Is there any difference between the two?
And what is the difference between:
3-I like reading on the train.
4-I like to read on the train.
Lib said:I've read in several ESL books that the difference between like + ing and like + infinitive is this:
I like reading = I enjoy it, it's fun.
I like to read = it is a good thing for me to do, but I don't necessarily enjoy it.
Another example - I like watching TV (it's a hobby)
I like to watch the news on TV - even though it is usually depressing, I am informed about what is going on in the world, and that is a good thing.
I think the original post mentioned 'I'd like to...', which is something very different.