“Reading is an escape, a comfort, a joy, a way to avoid the chaos of life.”
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.
Have you ever thought about that question? Well, I have, and its answer is loaded with reasons.
Words consumed me from a young age when I devoured Dr. Seuss books and sang my ABC’s at the top of my lungs. If I couldn’t read a book because the words were too large then, my parents would read to me so those words could swirl around in my mind and take root. Those words, whispered from their lips, solidified my love for books and what reading means to me.
Over the years reading has meant different things to me. As a young child, it was an adventurous story that left me dreaming about all the possibilities I had as I grew up. As a teenager, reading was a hobby I enjoyed and a way to unwind after schoolwork was completed or soccer practice was over.
But now, as an adult? Reading means so much more to me than it ever has before. Did I appreciate books in my early years? Of course! But I appreciate them in a whole new light now, in a way I never thought possible.
Reading is an escape, a comfort, a joy, a way to avoid the chaos of life. Books are portals to new worlds that I otherwise may never have a chance to explore (especially when I pick up a fantasy novel)! When I am immersed in the words of a book everything else goes away — the stresses of life, the worry, the mundane, the fears and anxieties I struggle with. I honestly don’t know what I would do without that escape in the pages of a book.
The books that give me these warm and fuzzy feelings? The books that allow me to escape from life for a while? All. Of. Them.
What do I mean by that? Well, I love all genres. Most people have a genre they stick with such as romances or mysteries. But I like to dive into any and every book I can get my hands on.
If you must know, thrillers are my favorite. I love a good adrenaline rush and a scare that elicits goosebumps on my skin. But I also love the warmth and familiarity from a contemporary fiction, the magic of a fantasy, the time jump into a historical fiction; exploring an era I never could experience otherwise. I love to read nonfiction and learn about someone’s life, and the rush of a rapid heartbeat reading a romance about two people that are meant to be together, or a trip down memory lane with a young adult novel.
There is nothing like picking up that story and knowing that whatever you’re dealing with, any struggle you’re fighting, any trial you’re facing, well, those things can go away for a while, because that book will take you far away and hopefully bring you a smile and joy.
So, to return to the question… what does reading mean to me? For me it means, EVERYTHING.
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.