Thursday, September 1, 2011

Why do you read?

Saw this today on the Blue Skunk Blog and wanted to share it with all my book-loving friends...


I Read by Richard Peck


I read because one
 life isn’t enough, and 
in the pages of a book I can be anybody;


I read because the 
words that build 
the story become mine, 
to build my life;

I read not for happy
 endings but for new
 beginnings; I’m just
 beginning myself, and 
I wouldn’t mind a map;

I read because I have
 friends who don’t, and
 young though they are,
 they’re beginning to
 run out of material;

I read because every
 journey begins at 
the library, and it’s
 time for me to start 
packing;

I read because one
 of these days I’m going
 to get out of this
 town, and I’m going to
 go everywhere and meet
 everyone, and I want
 to be ready.

–Richard Peck, author
, Zihuatanejo, Mexico, 
1990



I read for lots of reasons, but I think I mostly read because as Peck says, "one life isn't enough." I love experiencing other places and times; being privy to other people's thoughts and feelings; having experiences that aren't available to me in my daily life.

Why do you read? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Photo attribution: Potter Summer by Daryl Marquardt

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