Last winter, I posted that I would love to hear from readers, writers, bloggers about why they read, write and blog. Keishon, avid book reader, is one of our favorite bloggers here at Dear Author. Three of us here are participating in her monthly TBR challenge. Keishon is the reader who introduced me to Julia Spencer Fleming’s writing, among others.
Let’s see, why do I read. A little background is in order. First off, I come from a family of readers. I started reading in high school, way back in the 90’s and it more or less came out of curiosity. A friend of mine would come to school everyday with a book in her hand and one day she was crying her eyes out. I asked her what she was reading and she said, V.C. Andrews, the book was SEEDS OF YESTERDAY. I went to the school library the next day, located the first book, FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC and after that I was well on my way to reading. I read the entire series and understood my friend’s uncontrollable tears. Moving on.
I went to my mother next and asked her if she had any books around the house and she did. She gave me a paperback of Victoria Holt’s gothic romance, THE HOUSE OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS and I loved it. I went searching for that woman’s back list like a mad woman and read almost every Victoria Holt novel that was out there. My mother even asked her friend for rec’s for me and that friend introduced me to LaVyrle Spencer, nuff said. At that point I could call myself a ‘reader.’
Anyway, that’s how I got started reading but the essay asks: why do I read. I read to escape real life but more importantly, books offer the best way to travel to all the different parts of the world on the cheap. I love reading because there’s nothing better than a good book. I get a natural high going when I am reading a really good book. I mean admit it, when you’re reading a really good book, you tend to forget all the stresses in your life. I go to work happy knowing that I got a good book waiting for me at home. I also read to increase my knowledge base and vocabulary and more importantly, it’s a pleasure getting to know all the different characters, different personality types, seeing how other people live their life and to be completely lost in their world. But the best part of reading for me? is meeting other readers who love to read, too. It just doesn’t get any better than that.
If you would like to contribute a guest essay on why you read, why you write or why you blog, please send an email to Jane at dearauthor.com with “Essay” in the subject line.