“Books have not only saved my life, they’ve let me live hundreds of lives when all I could do was exist.”
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.
If you go to my Goodreads account and look at the books I’ve read you will see i’ve given a lot of five-star ratings. In fact I’d say that more than 75% of my ratings are five star. Perhaps I’m a tad generous but I can’t help it. That’s because to me reading is the most magical thing in the world.
Books are everything to me.
I’ve made friends for life because we’ve bonded over our love of a book. If you look carefully, the Twilight fandom is still strong and forever united because of a sparkly vampire in a town called Forks. Our reading habits have evolved as we’ve grown from teenagers but we still reminisce over those four books and the hundreds of fanfic we read.
In my darkest moments I’ve escaped into the warmth and comfort of my favourite books. On the days when I’ve been too scared to walk out of my front door I’ve faced down fears in the pages of Stephen King stories. Some people laugh and scoff when told a book can save someone’s life but I know it’s true. Books have not only saved my life, they’ve let me live hundreds of lives when all I could do was exist.
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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