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Why I Read

13 Sep

I am a voracious reader. It stems from a desire to satisfy my almost insatiable appetite for information. An intellectual “FOMO” as the kids would say.I have an open minded approach to reading. I am an equal opportunity reader, reading widely on any subject that is written in a comprehensible and engaging style. For as long as I can remember I have always been an avid reader. For as long as I can I will always be a avid reader.

I read because I am a dreamer, and a thinker. There’s nothing else that quite so wondrously let’s you envelop yourself into the life, emotion, world, and story of something not your own.Yet it becomes your own as you fill in the gaps. It’s kind of like a coloring page, where you have an outline and it tells a definite story but you still have room to imagine it as you see it and weave in your own nuances. Here are few other reason’s why I read.

I read because I love words, sentences, prose and the way it all comes together in language.

I read to find myself in the words of others.

I read to travel the world. I still don’t know enough about the world and reading is the quickest, cheapest and second most enjoyable way to do that.

I read so that I can learn and grow as a writer.

I read to set myself free from boredom.

I read so that I can be alone.

I read so I can mingle and pick the minds of people I will most likely never meet.

Here are few quotes on reading from some famous writer’s

“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.” — Joyce Carol Oates

“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.” — James Baldwin

‘You should never read just for “enjoyment.” Read to make yourself smarter! Less judgmental. More apt to understand your friends’ insane behavior, or better yet, your own. Pick “hard books.” Ones you have to concentrate on while reading. And for god’s sake, don’t let me ever hear you say, “I can’t read fiction. I only have time for the truth.” Fiction is the truth, fool! Ever hear of “literature”? That means fiction, too, stupid.” — John Waters

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”  – Ernest Hemingway

“What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.” — Anne Lamott

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” — Oscar Wilde

“When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.” — Maya Angelou

“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.” — Nora Ephron

“A good book is an education of the heart. It enlarges your sense of human possibility what human nature is of what happens in the world. It’s a creator of inwardness.” — Susan Sontag

“I cannot live without books.” — Thomas Jefferson

 

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