“It fascinates me that there can be so many different ideas, so many different storylines, and so much potential hiding behind each book's cover."
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.
So let’s start off with a cheesy message that in all honesty, is the reason that I read. I believe that everyone and everything in this world has its own potential. Whether alive or inanimate, used or new, everything can become something wonderful. Every time that I walk into a bookstore I see potential. I wonder what is behind each cover, what kind of lives the main characters live, what drove the author to write a story of that kind, where the story takes place, and the list goes on and on. It fascinates me that there can be so many different ideas, so many different storylines, and so much potential hiding behind each book’s cover. In short, that is the reason that I read…so that I can discover the potential that each book has, and discover its uniqueness in its fullness. A book is whatever you make it and although that kind of seems like a backwards statement, it’s true. Even though a storyline has already been created by the author it all depends on your attitude when you flip through the pages and how honestly you take the recommendations that have been given to you as it can give you a preconceived feeling toward the book. But if you can forget about the recommendations for a minute and pick up a book simply because it interests YOU for one reason or another, then you will most likely enjoy the story more thoroughly than you would have if you had certain standards and expectations for it based on somebody else’s opinion. I read because I want to entertain myself by diving into another reality. I read because I want to use my own imagination to picture the characters and scenes how I want to perceive them. And most importantly, I read for myself and my pure enjoyment.
To me, reading means that I get to kick my feet up and relax. It means that I get to take my mind off of the stresses that have been weighing on me throughout the day and focus on something else instead. To be real, I struggle with anxiety and depression about 6 out of 7 days a week and so having even just a few moments a day to focus on something other than those feelings is a blessing in itself. Books are truly a godsend. If it’s five minutes or five hours, reading can be a form of self-care for me, and for that, I will be forever grateful for books! The next time you pick up a book, make it personal. Make sure it’s something that you’re truly interested in, something that will help your imagination grow, and something that you will ultimately enjoy.
– Lis Georgia
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.
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