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Why Do You Read?

June 21st, 2007 (07:49 am)
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The YA Authors Cafe is having a series of open discussions based on questions submitted by authors and bloggers. They have posted my question:

Why do you read? Do you look for books that are similar to YOUR life or vastly different?

I don't necessarily seek out books with plots which are similar to my own life. I'm grateful that my life hasn't been as predictable or as angst-ridden as those depicted in many books.

I read to relate AND to escape. Sometimes, I need a book to distract me from real life; other times, I need a book that calms me down.

I read a wide variety of books because I enjoy a variety of topics. I enjoy books that make me think. I'm just as likely to pick up a book about mathematics as I am about Ancient Egypt. I'll read a new teen fiction release one day and a classic British novel the next.

I read fiction because I love stories.

I read non-fiction because I love truth.

I read every single day because I love words.

Thank you to the Cafe for selecting and sharing my topic, and thank you everyone who has answered thus far.

You may post your answers here at Bildungsroman and/or at the Cafe.


Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: June 23rd, 2007 01:52 am (UTC)
Why do I read?

A poem from my novel LOOSE THREADS answers this question for me:


I read
in the empty time.
I read at doctors' offices.
I read after nightmares.
I read when I hide out in the bathroom
and rest my head against the toilet paper roll.
I turn page after page,
in book after book.
Other kids
suffer in novels.
I'm not the only one.
My stuff
could be worse.

I hold the open book to my face
and breathe deep.
The ink paper smell
fills me up.
Each author
is a friend saying,
"There's hope.

Thanks, LW!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 23rd, 2007 02:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Why do I read?

Very fitting.

Especially since I finished the novel right prior to reading your message.

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