“I was one of those kids who walk and read, in fact, I still do now but only outside in my garden."
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.
Reading a good book is like getting a big hug from your best friend and that’s one of the reasons why I have had a book in my hand for as long as I can remember. When I was younger, books took me to new places, sparked my imagination and were a wonderful way to escape the monotony of my small-town days. My parents would often take me to our local library and it was one of my favorite places to be. I loved everything about it – the smell of the books, looking things up in the card catalog and proudly handing over my library card to check out a big book stack. It was something I looked forward to every week.
Books have always centered me. I am immediately in my happy place when I am reading, whether it’s sneaking in a few pages during the work day or reading for hours after everyone has gone to bed at night. I read because I am fascinated by the world and all the people in it. I believe that books have the power to take away ignorance and teach empathy -when you read something that is different from the life that you know it allows you to put yourself in someone else’s shoes, see things through their eyes, and exposes you to situations that you might otherwise be unaware of.
Reading also means joy and connection for me -particularly where the incredible community of bookstagram is concerned. To be able to log on to Instagram at a time when it can be very frightening to hear about all the things that are happening in our country and around the world, and find friendship and comfort through what I am reading makes such a difference in my day. Bookstagram has made a tremendous impact on my reading experience. My TBR list has quadrupled, I have become friends with some amazing people and I have been able to get to personally know authors who I have admired from afar for years. I stay in a constant state of awe of the talent and creativity that the online book accounts and the authors possess. I adore this quirky, hilarious, whip smart, creative part of the internet and if you aren’t familiar with it, I encourage you to check it out because it will 100% change your reading life for the better.
– Stacey Armand
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, put “The Readers Diary Submission” in the subject line and include your name and social media handles if you would like those published.