My good friend over at Book Savvy Review recently asked me why I read and I’m eager to tell her!
I started reading at a very young age after receiving a free book voucher from my secondary school (I was an under achiever and the school were just happy I was sitting still and reading something at all!)
The first book I ever remember reading to the end is called Martin the Warrior by Brian Jacques.
The books, if you didn’t already know (shame on you) are adventure stories helping young readers ease away from their usual predetermined (and usually boring) school books and on to more adult-ish themes such love, loss, friendship and family.
The great thing about these books are that the characters are all animals which helped make this book more accessible to me and to other people my age.
So back to the question: Why do I read.
Reading helps keep me still and lets me escape my mundane surroundings to distant shores or deep jungles in an instant, which is something I’m eagerly trying to replicate in my adult hood but with a plane ticket and not a bookmark!
I play a lot of video games for the same reason; escapism.
I feel that books and video games are much better than the other medium; movies, because you can adapt the story arcs and the speed in which they progress to run at your own pace, where as a movie is someone else’s narrative that just takes you along for the ride.
So in closing I read because nothing has the power to capture your imagination quite like…well..your own imagination!
So tell me why you read guys!