Why do you love reading? {Discussion}

If you are a literature lover like me, you would have been subjected to this question many times before.  Yet, I can never quite fully explain exactly why I love to read so much, as it seems that I can’t put into words the enjoyment I get from reading a really good book.

I love books, the smell of books, bookstores and libraries. Most of all, I enjoy escaping into the magical world of fiction. When I read, I become the main character and for all the while that I am reading the novel, I escape from the real world, from everything around me – problems, work and especially stress. Reading is my escapism.

Page after page I let the spell of the story and it’s world take me over, until the breath of dawn touched my window and my tired eyes slid over the last page” (excerpt from ‘The Shadow of the Wind’ by Carlos Ruiz Zafon)

Nothing is more enjoyable to me that sitting with my nose in a book on a cold winter’s day with a steaming cup of coffee and the rain pouring outside my window. Winter time is when I read the most, but whenever I need to escape regardless of the weather I would pick up a good book.

As a friend of mine once said “People who read too much, live in a fantasy world. They are out of touch with reality… socially disabled”. That is the biggest load of nonsense I have ever heard in my life. Unless you spend all your free time reading and have no social skills or friends, it might be slightly believable. I disagree…

Do you?

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  • Les

    I totally agree with you. The fact that we escape into the magical world of fiction does not keep us “out of touch” with reality. At least we have active imaginations. Albert Einstein said: “Imagination is more important than knowledge”. So basically he wouldn’t have been so successful without imagination. Yes, when I am engross in my novel and my friends want me to come over, then yes I do tell them that I am not available. But it is no different if you do any other activity such as you at a piano lesson and your friends wants you to hang out in that time. All my friends who are book lovers are actually social butterflies and are so talented in many ways. So I guess your friend are somehow misinformed or out of touch with what is happening with people who has a “love affair” with their books.

    • Mel

      Whats the point of having the knowledge if you dont know what to do with it. And I agree completely with what you said about it being no different than any other activity. At the time he was a “collegue” more than a friend and I think the moment he picks up a book that totally engrosses him he would change his mind. Many a times when people only read bad books their perception about reading would be what his is now.