This past December, a new hashtag took twitter by storm. The concept is simple, people just state the reason why they read and add #whyiread, all in 140 characters or fewer. Check it out! It can be quite inspiring.
As for why I read, there are almost too many reasons to list. Here are the most important ones:
1) Words are delicious. No matter what mood you're in, there's always something you can read that suits perfectly. In the mood for something dark and decadent? Try a Gothic romance. Or what about a light, fluffy souffle made of humor essays? Yum. Oh and guess what? No calories!
2) Hours of entertainment. A paperback costs about as much as a movie ticket (at least that's the case in NYC), yet a book can give me many more hours of entertainment than I can get at a movie. And if you like the movie and want to see it again, you have to buy another ticket. Not so with a book.
3) Travel the world from the comfort of your couch. You start with airfare and hotel-stays. Throw in all the hassles--airport security, the airline loses your luggage, your flight gets re-routed because of a snow storm--and before you know it, you need a vacation from your vacation.
4) Let's Pretend. This is my favorite reason, by far. When I read a book, I can be inside a character's mind. For a brief few hours, I'm transported to a different world and I become a different person. I can try out different lives that I'd never be in real life.
What about you? Why do you read?