“It takes my mind away from the “real world” and I will forever be thankful for that.”


Welcome to our series “The Readers’ Diary”, we’re asking readers why they read and what does reading mean to them.

As readers increasingly share what they’re currently reading and plan to read on social media, we wanted to share more about the people behind each post.

I get asked this a lot by non readers and why do I read, and I hope this isn’t too personal in what I go into but I’d like to share my experience!

To start off as cliché as this sounds I’ve always read, I’m from the UK and my mum used to buy me books from a very young age! I’d have books at my house, at my grandparents house and when I was in primary school I was one of the best readers and had to teach someone in my class how to read. At the time my favourite were anything Jaqueline Wilson which I then moved on to Louise Rennison books.

Whilst at university I didn’t have a lot of time to read but I still took up my box of books as a just in case!

After finishing university this is where my true love comes and WHY reading is so important to me. Since the age of around 18/19 I had a dip with my mental health. I have been diagnosed with Anxiety, Depression and PTSD and I genuinely feel like reading saved my life. I could escape to different worlds and made so many wonderful friends who I now speak to every single day. The anticipation of waiting for a new release you’re so excited for, finding new characters to love and loathe and the book community as a whole! It takes my mind away from the “real world” and I will forever be thankful for that.

So to wrap it up why I love reading? The friends, the community, the self help it gives me, my “me time” it’s means so much to me 🙂


– Beth

Would you like to submit a diary entry?

Submit your answer to these questions – Why do you read and what does reading mean to you?  These questions are open to your interpretation and your submissions can be as long or as short as you’d like.

Please email your submissions to, put “The Readers Diary Submission” in the subject line and include your name and social media handles if you would like those published.

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