Because I can! I like to see how other people putwords together (Tom Robbins) , or how they weavewild stories (Stephen King). I like how they teach methings (users manual) or help me feed my family(cookbook). Things keep me distracted (shampoobottle) or informed (nutritional information).I read so I can be better.
I read to step outside of my own life for alittle while and live through someone else.
The primary reason I read is thatit encourages me to think -- abouta different world view, aboutmotivations of people, about aparticular historical period, abouta place Ive never visited... thepossibilities are endless. I am notsure I would like to read a bookabout someone who is exactly likeme -- Im already living that life.
I READ so I can be creative. Myimagination draws the images that moviesautomatically make for me.
I read for pleasure because it offers an opportunity toexperience an adventure, travel the world, meetpeople in print.... that otherwise I might not have hadthe opportunity to do.Also, some books I choose to read for pleasurebecause Im particularly curious about a topic,intrigued by an idea, opinion, or skill set...and I wantto learn more. Reading is free, instant, requires veryfew materials, and there are so many choices!
I read because I like to take anadventure away from the day today life. I prefer fiction to non-fiction, because I like getting the"movie going on in my head." I willread non-fiction from time to timebut it must be well written andentertaining.
When I read fiction I am looking to be transported to a worldthat only the written word can convey. . . The imagination is apowerful form of entertainment, and reading fictionsometimes leads to learning new material and all-in-allprovides a richer experience then simply watching the samestory told on screen.When I read non-fiction it is important to my personal valueof being a life-long learner. Well written non-fiction bookscan take a topic and delve into great detail in a way that alecture or a video of someone presenting just cannot convey.Finally reading of any kind of well written material helps meto be more articulate in conveying my thoughts and ideas andeven challenging me to be a continuously improving writer somany years after leaving school.
I read to learn how people lived, what theythought, and why they stood up for what theybelieved in, so as to continue my lifelongeducation about how I choose to live, what Ichoose to think, and why I choose to stand upfor what I believe in.
I read because reading allows meto experience differentenvironments and people, to lookat situations from a differentperspective, and to step outsideof my own life for a short time.
I read because it allows me several things: one, aretreat from my own inner dialogue; two, anopportunity to see learn about history because I likehistorical fiction; and three, a chance to appreciategood writing and creative thought.
I read poetry almost every day. Istarted reading poetry because I am avery slow reader and poems areusually short, but I now love to readpoetry because in just a few words mymind can stop thinking about what Ineed to do, or accomplish, or where Ineed to be - poetry gives myimagination a chance to breath deeplyand rest into the melody of the poem,or get lost in the words just for thewords own sake. . . Poetry remindsme that my mind is never made up,there is always something new toknow.
Reading is like breathing I cant imagine livingwithout it. It takes me to worlds Ive never beenand teaches me things Ive never known. I readeveryday and look forward to my time sittingquietly reading a good book.
Theres nothing like immersing yourself in abook to take you to a place youve neverbeen, (whether its a place or a differenttime). When watching television or a movie,you see a directors interpretation of anevent, a place or a person . A book isinteractive; the reader relies on their own"vision" of the story. A good book pulls youinto the story. I feel like you observe a movie,but you experience a book.
I read to escape reality and journey to faraway places, see stories from a differentperspective and to learn new things. I wishI had more time to read for pure pleasure.
I read to educate myself in areas that I findpleasure in. For example, I enjoy gardening andcooking. Every time I am in a check out line in thesupermarket, my eyes gravitate towards thosemagazines that either have gardening or cookingon the front cover. I always learn something newevery time I read an article, story or even anadvertisement.
Im curious. I love to hear other peoples ideas, and I love tosee how people write their ideas. Reading them is the bestway for me to understand someone elses ideas.And I love learning--for me the best way to learn somethingnew is to read about it. Pick up anything Ive read and you willsee its been marked to death.