Just the other day I finished reading yet another book at lunch (big surprise, right?) and somebody came up to me and asked “why do you read so much?” I’m used to this question because I get asked that a lot but now that I think of it, it really is an interesting question. Unlike a movie or a TV show, books require your full attention. You’re giving those words your time and thought in a way you don’t give a television screen. I think that’s why people are so put off when it comes to reading because all they see is this really solitary activity. Here’s the thing though, when I read, I read to connect. Now I know how that sounds but it’s true. When I finish a book, I wonder how many other people have actually read the book I just finished. How many people have read that line that jumped out at me and loved it just as much as I did. How much this book meant to them. There is nothing I love more then when someone saids “oh, I’ve read that book too” because automatically we have something in common. That is why I read.
Why do you read?