Forget “Beam me up Scotty.” Reading can transport me more rapidly than any time machine to another world, another dimension, another place. For me a book affords me this trip in a manner no movie can. I start to dialogue with the characters, the author and myself. One story will immerse me in a scenario so far from my experience that I am reeling inwardly from culture shock. Another book reaches the intense heart of my own experience in such a way that I have one of those brief moments of feeling understood.
Reading expands my world and reveals unknown treasures. Reading penetrates my sensory world in a way big and small screen don’t. Don’t get me wrong, I love movies, but they touch me in a different way than a book. I have wept through written tragedies on train journeys, oblivious to fellow passengers furtive glances, whereas cinema tearjerkers always have me trying to mask the tear-wiping. I have made mind-blowing cognitive and emotional breakthroughs through books, and not just the self-help kind! I have missed many meal-times because I can become oblivious to time when immersed in a good novel.
Reading can be educational too – as a tween most of my sex education came from certain well-thumbed pages in my parents’ collection of Ian Flemming Novels (James Bond)! I honestly believe I owe my existence to some of my childhood and teenage fictional heroes and heroines. Captain Nancy from Swallows and Amazons, Lucy from Narnia, Anne from Green Gables…… and many more took me into their worlds and hid me for many safe hours, restoring my strength to re-enter reality.
I cannot imagine a life without books because:
- I can take a thousand journeys from my armchair.
- They can alleviate moments of solitude.
- A funny story can have me smiling all day.
- I like the pictures, no wait, I am meant to have progressed onto books without pictures, darn!
- Some books accompany me in my spiritual journey.
- They challenge my convictions.
- They put my small troubles into perspective.
- I can read a book almost anywhere (well not in a car without barfing).
- They were real life-savers for me as a kid
- Reading is one of the best ways I have found of developing my languages.
Why do you enjoy books?