Sunday, May 18, 2008

Why Do You Read? *CONTEST*

Trish over at Hey Lady! Whatchya Readin? asked her readers the simple question, why do you read? Being a teacher and all, I thought it was an interesting enough question and given the fact that I've been into reading strategies and the quest to understand, this question interests me even more. So....why do you read? Leave me a comment. I wish I could say that I'll be picking a winner for some grand prize, but I most likely won't. Well, I guess I could...I could giveaway a book I've already read. Yeah, I'll do that, but ONLY if my comments go up to 25. I know, I know, that isn't many. BUT, have you seen my high for comments? Yeah, sadly enough, it's 9 comments.

Ok, so having asked you about why you read, I am thinking I should mention why I read. I read as a form of escape. I open the book and am transported to another world. I can meet new people and go new places. I can learn about any topic I want to learn about. I love reading. I just never get enough make time to do it. Ya know?

Reading for me is also something to talk to people about. It gives me a conversation piece or way into a conversation. When stuck, I can just say, oh...have you read [insert current read]? It's so [insert adjective phrase]. You should read it. You get my drift? I love turning people onto authors I love and having them love them as well. I especially love to talk to my friend Jenny about books we've both read. She's a million times smarter and deeper than me and always gets a ton more out of what we've read. Especially the book The Life of Pi.

Finally, reading is a great way to pass the time while you're waiting. Waiting at a doctor's office, waiting to arrive somewhere via a bus or airplane, or waiting for a boring day to end. It's a fun activity to do in the sun too. I just love reading.

There's my story...why I read. Leave your story in the comments section about why you read and I'll put you in the contest drawing for a [yet to be named] book. (I don't actually think my comments section will hit 25, in fact, I doubt I even have 25 readers.) AND, ONLY ONE COMMENT PER PERSON WILL COUNT! :)

13 comments:

Caine said...

I read...your blog. Because I love you and always find your posts informative.

Liane said...

I read because .... oh heck, I don't read all that much. But I really like to get into a story that is NOT my life. But, I get so obsessed and must finish, that I don't read that much because I get so OCD about it.

Mostly these days I read articles about scrapbooking,stamping or business.

Lea said...

I also read as an escape from reality. Sadly, I don't have a lot of time to read. I can't even really use the "make time" thing. I've got a rambuncious (think Dennis the Menace in training) 3 year old and a impatient 1 year old. Time is something I don't have a lot of, but lately I've been trying for about 30 minutes before bed. It helps me unwind. And heck, I am at the point when running errands with my husband and the kids, I volunteer to wait in the car with them while he goes into the store, just so I can get 10 minutes of reading in.

Sue said...

Other than my magazines, Southern Living , Country, Sports Illustrated, Paper Wishes and Scrapbooks Etc, I LOVE Jennifer Weiner and John Grisham. I can read and re-read them and never grow tired of either.

Debbie D-P said...

I love to read. I too think reading is a great excape. I always have a book with me. I love mysteries but read everything -magazines, newspaper and even cookbooks. My favorite author is Robert Crais.

Jill said...

I read because there is so much to learn, and I love to be a know-it-all. As far as fiction, the books are always so much better than the movies, you just have to read the story before they make it into a movie and ruin it!

Heather said...

I read to go on a "mini vacation". I love to read when I have time which isn't all that often because I'd rather scrap. I love to read outside in the sun or curled up on the couch with a nice cup of coffee and a fuzzy blanket!!!

Toni said...

I, like you, read for escape. Escape from the mundane nature of everyday life. I rarely have time to do it for pleasure but there is nothing comparable to a great book.

Kelly said...

I'm a middle school language arts teacher, so I'm reading for lots of reasons. I read blogs to get ideas from other creative minds and try to understand perspectives that are different from my own. I read YA lit so I know how to "hook" my students with something that will interest them. ("You like __? I bet you'd like this author too because __.") I read the Bible because I need to be reminded that I have a place in this world, and I need to fulfill my purposes in the time I have. I read historical fiction because other people and cultures fascinate me. (Those books are beside my bed and sometimes sneak into my dreams. :-D)

Linda said...

I love to read, and mostly have to not read because I get sooo wrapped up in the book I get NOTHING done until I am done reading. I am a huge fan of James Patterson, Vince Flynn, Janet Evanovich and others.... I love to go to the library and just start picking. I started with the A's and just go onto the next letter each time I visit the library. I usually walk out with 6-8 books each time. CRAZY! Right now I am reading Simple Genius by David Baldacci and I have limited myself to 3 chapters a night... but I don't have much left so I will probably finish it tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

I read to pass time at the gym. If it were not for diving into the book and escaping into the lives of the characters, I probably would not work out (ummm.....it's boring........lol). SO.........does that qualify me as the winner of this contest? Did I have the best answer of them all?

--your twin

Lori said...

I read as an escape. Reality sometimes can be pretty blah or overwhelming, so to get "lost" in a different world is very therapeutic for me!

Anonymous said...

I love to read because it's a a simple hobby...scrapbooking there's prep, set up & clean up, gardening there are tools, supplies, weeding & clean up & a great book require none of these....just open a page & get lost in another world. It's my FAVORITE EASIEST hobby!