Due to a great conversation I had today with a dear, dear friend of mine, where we talked about things we do which make us feel unique or more alive, I asked myself the question "Why do I read?" Which has been followed by "When did everything start?" "How did I become the reader I am today?" "How much does reading influences me?"
I think this picture is really symbolic for the start of my reading life. Of course I couldn't read back then, but all these letters put together where always quite fascinating.
My parents read a lot to me and I was able to read pretty soon. As soon as I could read on my own, I read a lot of books.
I still read a lot of books, but, of course, my reading experience changed.
I had this one particular moment, when books became really, really important to me. It wasn't a good time in my life and I needed something to escape to. Books.
And still books are a great way to escape from reality.
But they became way more than that. Books became a mirror for me. They became part of my life. They shape me.
With every book I start, I start a new story, which soon becomes part of my own story.
Even if I don't like a book that much, as soon as I finished the last page and closed the book, the story is my story.
Without books I would be black and white, books are coloring me. I can be someone else, I can travel around the world, travel to places I never was and to places I will never go to, because they are these wonderful creations of an authors imagination.
I wouldn't be the person I am today without books and the great thing is that I grow and grow again and again as a person, because every books adds something new to my personality.
I think a very famous quote from George R. R. Martin sums up my reading life pretty well “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”
What about you? Why do you read? What an impact reading has in your life?