Reading is so much a part of my life that I rarely stop to think about why I read. It’s as natural as breathing air for me and a book within hands reach is my equivalent of a comfort blanket. But lately a friend asked me why I read so much and I looked at her lost for words. Reading is life! It is everything and a bigger question for me was why doesn’t she read more.
But it got me thinking about why exactly I read and I eventually summed it up to these key reasons:
– Entertainment: It is one of my favourite forms of entertainment. I’m not a huge TV person (but I do occasionally binge watch series), I’m not a gamer and I’m definitely not a party animal. My favourite form of entertainment involves snuggling up with a great book and you’ll rarely hear me talking about being bored. How could I be when I shelves of unread books and untold mysteries just waiting to dazzle and divert me.
– Escapism: I can’t deny it. When I’m struggling with anything in my life, I turn to books to shut out the world. Taking off my shoes to jump around in my characters ones for a few hours gives me the breathing space that I need to recoup and re-energise myself.
Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood. – John Green
– Adventure: I love that I can pick up a book and time travel to Renaissance Italy or to a far distant planet. Reading broadens my horizons, cultivates my imagination and just enlarges my world. I get to experience things in books that I would never experience in real life and through books and challenging ideas I find that I am exploring and learning new things all the time.
A book is a dream that you hold in your hand. – Neil Gaiman
But above all else, I read for the entertainment and the sheer pleasure of it. Reading has enhanced my life in so many ways; it has made me more empathic, has made me a critical thinker, has sharpened my brain and increased by language skills. But none of those are why I carry a book everywhere I go, I do that just because I love it and never want to be stuck with a book to read.
Talk to Trish : Why do you read? Are your reasons similar to mine? Do you make a conscious effort to read or does it just happen without you even thinking about it?