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“I think reading can be healthy and healing while putting us in touch with feelings and emotions that we might not feel in our day to day lives.”

Leah

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 am a naturally introverted person – but unfortunately my career field has pushed me to have to embrace the persona of an introverted extrovert. My day life is filled with people, socializing, community, and discussion (all VERY good things) but can get exhausting quickly. Having been a reader my whole life (except for college – a never-ending pile of art history textbooks ruined the mood for a couple years), it became natural to fall back into a schedule of daily reading. Now, I read purely for myself as a way to decompress. I’m a sucker for hyped up books, and the world of bookstagram feeds into that, but have learned to also selfishly read what I want to and add a million books to my TBR list everyday. I love coming home from work and opening the book I’ve been thinking of all day. I love sharing what I’m reading with anyone who will listen (another shout out to bookstagram), and am notorious for loaning out books just because I want everyone to experience a good story.

Reading gives us the option to leave our crazy, busy, sometimes weird lives – even just for a little bit. I love that the recent trend of promoting “self-care” in our culture has brought on a new surge of readers. I think reading can be healthy and healing while putting us in touch with feelings and emotions that we might not feel in our day to day lives. It quite literally offers me an escape some days – it’s a helpful hobby that I can always fall back on when I can feel my anxiety or stress bubbling up. Reading books is something I will always continue to do for the rest of my life. It just gets me way too excited knowing that there’s so many books I haven’t read or come across yet that’ll help shape my life down the road! I fully know it’ll take decades to finish all the books on my TBR, but I’ll always continue to add to it just in case future Leah needs a good book to sit down with.

 

– Leah
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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 bibliolifestyle@gmail.com, 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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