“I would curl up on the couch with my grandfather while he would read to me."

Lea Rummel

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 have been an avid reader since I was a young child. Even before I knew how to read, I would curl up on the couch with my grandfather while he would read to me. I have always loved collecting books and dream of owning a home with a room full of wall to wall, floor to ceiling built-in bookshelves filled with beautiful books. There is something so special about the ability to get lost in another world by diving into a good book. I have always had a love for learning, and reading has been my favorite way to learn. After college, when I got my first full-time job, I found myself reading less and less. Then, two and a half years ago, I lost my mother very suddenly and unexpectedly. She was only 52 and I was only 25 when she passed. I spent a long time in shock and was unsure how to get through the deep grief. I had a conversation with a dear friend of mine about the things that I love in life and reading kept coming up. I decided to start a small challenge for myself to read twelve books in 2019. Well, I ended up reading twenty-five books that year! Among those titles were several non-fiction and personal development books that fundamentally changed me and gave me the tools I needed to better my life. I’ve even found community through my love of books. Reading had been a constant in my life and inevitably became the way that I pulled myself out of my darkest time. As my favorite author, Margaret Atwood wrote, “A word after a word after a word is power.”


– Lea Rummel

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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