I read for many reasons, and I probably can go on and on and try and explain to you why I can't seem to stop. But instead of doing all that I'm just going to say one thing that sums it all up, I read because I love to.
It has taken me a while but I have finally stopped convincing people (especially non readers), why I love to read. Can't it be enough that I prefer to delve into a brilliant mind of an author, their web of story telling taking me to places that I will never go in my lifetime?
The main reason why I'm writing this post is because for a long time now I've been getting negative feedback about my obsession with books, and of course they all come from people who don't read.
Here is a few of the things people say to me;
"We should burn all your books"
"It will be a great fire starter"
"It's not like you're going to read it again"
"Why don't you read something more educational"
"How can you read all the time"
and so on.....
I'm at a point now where I'm more upset than angry at these comments consistently thrown at me. I would never look at a non reader like they are stupid or don't have a life, so it would be nice if I got the same response back.
Reading for me is a passion, it makes me happy when I'm sad, it's a friend that never betrays me.
I read not only because I love to, but because I can.