“ Each night after the baby was in bed, it was my time to curl up with a book. ”
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’ve always enjoyed reading, but it wasn’t until my daughter was born four years ago that it really became a consistent practice and big part of my daily life. As a new mom, I didn’t have much time to myself or was able to just drop everything and leave the house to go wherever I wanted, or see my friends as often as I used to. When I rediscovered my love for reading, it felt like I found something just for myself. Each night after the baby was in bed, it was my time to curl up with a book. I would also find tedious chores such as folding laundry or doing dishes way more fun with an audiobook playing to keep me company.
I love stepping into someone else’s shoes and ‘traveling’ to new places, whether it’s a memoir or fictional story. I love learning new things, especially about self-growth, social issues, and parenting. Most of all, I love connecting with other book lovers on social media, especially bookstagram (the book community on Instagram). Even before I created my own bookstagram account, I would look at the hashtag of whatever books I was reading at the time and enjoyed reading people’s captions and seeing all the beautiful and creative photos. It’s like having a book club at your fingertips for any book and at any time. Not to mention that book people are the best people! It’s such a kind, welcoming, and supportive community.
Reading means many things for me, but overall it helps me feel less alone, helps me appreciate the privileges I have, helps me grow and learn as a person, and gives me a greater understanding of others and the world.
– Jessica Davis
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 email@example.com, put “The Readers Diary Submission” in the subject line and include your name and social media handles if you would like those published.