This bookish chat is inspired by the cartoon below and sorry the original source is unknown as it is something I saw on Facebook. I tried to find it but drew a blank. But back to the cartoon, it actually makes me feel a bit ranty! But that’s probably because it hits a bit of sore point for me. Just because I read doesn’t mean I avoid reality! And I was wondering does anyone else feel the same?
I think the main reason that I feel like that is that I don’t read to escape my life. I like my life thank you very much! If I didn’t I would set about finding ways to change it and not bury my head in a book.
And I know I get it, this is a joke. And of course reading can be escapism, as can watching tv or playing computer games. But I probably feel a bit defensive as I get annoyed with people thinking I read too much. When I settle down with a book, I do turn out my life for a little bit but I don’t use it to avoid life. Reading is part of my life, a huge part and it has brought me huge amounts of comfort and pleasure over the years.
I think reading is a perfect way of switching off and allowing your brain to switch gears for a little bit. But it’s not avoiding reality, it’s more like recharging your batteries so you can do more during the other times. I find that when I read, I often get inspired to try new things, I find places that I end up visiting and it broadens my mind. None of those things are avoiding reality, it’s the opposite really, they make me live more.
So I know I’m probably over reacting but I bet you’ve been told you read too much too? Am I right?
Talk to Trish: Do you read to avoid reality? How do you feel about the cartoon?