“We read to know we’re not alone” – William Nicholson, Shadowlands
Day 15: Take a Cue from Your Reader (or not in my case, I picked one of the prompts as didn’t have any suggestions sniff sniff)
Back on day 2 or 3 when I made a disastrous attempt to write a list of things I am good at (it never saw the light of day), Phillip mentioned how he was jealous at how good I was at reading and all the stories I get to read. I have never viewed my reading as a skill, it is simply something that I do so it felt quite odd to have this said to me. It is not something I have practiced in order to get better or improve, I simply read, quickly and all the time.
This quote got me thinking about why I read as much as I do, what it is I go from continuously finishing one book and picking up another. There is always a book sitting waiting for me to pick up and continue our adventure. I suppose there are many surface reasons for why I read – that I want to be entertained, to relax and to enjoy are some that immediately pop into my head.
Deep down though the main reason I read is because I want to escape. Reading takes me away from my anxiety and depressions, it lets me go away when I am feeling stuck, it helps me to feel at times when my emotions may be struggling. Reading shows me new places, it takes me to different worlds. It shows me all the potential that could be out there, it encourages me to dream. My world would be a much smaller place if I did not read and I suppose I would indeed be much more alone.