I’m curious, are many of you readers? By readers I mean do you read to live? Is it essential as the air you breathe?
If yes, to read to live isn’t the answer to my question though. Is it an escape from reality? A quest for knowledge and empathy?
These dead leaves and digitalized words open portals to other worlds that allow us to experience life as we’ve never known it. They keep ignorance at bay and encourage us to open our eyes to notice the world around us, to make you wonder “Who around me is going through pain and suffering and are they’re hiding it?”
If anything, they are our stout companions in our hour of loneliness and trouble. My reasons for reading are included above but I’ll list them properly:
- to understand the choices people make and how they live with them
- to learn as much as I can about foreign vistas without all the travel
- to not be alone
- to be informed
- to become a better writer
- to exercise my imagination
- to improve myself by hopefully learning from characters’ mistakes
- for the hell of it, because it’s fun and relaxing
In my previous posts, I mentioned that 1) I’m at a standstill with my reading and 2) that the books above are no longer on that desk. Right now, what I am having any luck with is one of my favourite textbooks from when I was studying English online via Cambridge.
I don’t have to study since I put the program on hold but I really want to. I don’t think I’ve talked about this interests of mine, and if I had it wasn’t nearly enough. Language is a science all by itself and to put it in one word: fascinating.
I’m thinking of posting up my notes by chapter in greater detail, probably some study questions as well.
And to those of you guys who don’t take reading as seriously, overall, I don’t judge you at all. But I implore you to never stop trying to make it a habit.
Personally, I think every single one of us is a reader, some of you just haven’t found the right book to ignite that initial spark of wonder and curiosity.
There is a reason why governments and people in power have burned books because they are forces of change and power in the hands of everyday people who can become, themselves, a collective force of change for the better. What more can I say?
So tell me, dear readers, why do you read?
Have a good day, now 🙂