Why Do We Read Books?
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go” — Dr. Seuss
Many times people have asked me why I read so much to which I simply responded by saying it is fun, but I have never really thought about it thoroughly. Why is reading so important to me and a bunch of other bookworms out there?
We read to escape reality and discover new worlds because this one is sometimes not enough for us. When we read we dive into the adventures we could never have in this world. We wandered the Middle Earth with Bilbo1, we fought in the Hunger Games with Katniss2, we went to Hogwarts with Harry3, we killed demons with Clary and Jace4, we jumped off of moving trains with Tris and Tobias5, we visited Olympus with Percy6… By reading we have lived so many different, exciting lives and there are many more left for us to live.
We read to escape reality and discover new worlds. We read to not feel alone. Reading helps us understand our world. Reading is in our blood. We read because we have to.
Another reason why we read is not to feel alone. Sometimes, when we’ve had enough of everything and everyone, we turn to books. Fictional characters are our friends and while they may not be real, they can make us feel safe, happy, even loved. They can give us advice, much better advice than any human being could ever give us.
Reading helps us understand our world, it gives us a better perspective on life. It gives us the opportunity to learn from other people’s experience and helps us face our own challenges. If we ever happen to find ourselves in some difficult situation, we have the ability to look at it from different points of view and find our way out of it more easily.
Lastly, reading is in our blood. It’s who we are. We live and breathe the written words. We read because we have to.
1. J.R.R. Tolkien, “Hobbit”
2. Suzanne Collins, “Hunger Games”
3. J. K. Rowling, “Harry Potter”
4. Cassandra Clare, “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
5. Veronica Roth, “Divergent”
6. Rick Riordan, “Percy Jackson & the Olympians”
By Petra R.