“I'm an only child, so a lot of time growing up was spent in my head. In a way, reading helped me socialize.”
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.
Answering the question why do you read and what does reading mean to you? forced me to take a critical look at something I’ve been doing my entire life. A love of reading is quite possibly the greatest gift my mom ever gave me- she was a lifelong reader so I became one. I still remember spending our free time going to the local library and participating in the summer reading challenge- the one where you keep track of the number of books you read so you can get a free ticket to Six Flags. The habit just stuck, and as an adult, I’ve been keeping track of my reading for over 10 years.
To me, reading is my best form of entertainment. I’m a naturally curious person, and having access to books allows me to get a glimpse as to what it’s like to be someone else. I’m an only child, so a lot of time growing up was spent in my head. In a way, reading helped me socialize. I loved seeing characters on the page that reminded me of myself, and I still do. (Which is why it’s so important to have diverse books. Everyone deserve to see an accurate representation of themselves in literature). There is no better feeling than finding a book that just speaks to you- and sharing it with anyone who will listen.
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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