Why I Read
Updated: Jul 12, 2022
'Books are a uniquely portable magic.' - Stephen King
I'm a tragic lover of books.
Stereotypical bookish habits have attached themselves to my life: I read multiple books at the same time (because I'm a mood reader whose moods don't seem to stay put), I contribute fiercely to the independent bookstore economy but don't seem to actually read as fast as I buy, and I sometimes hold books in my arms and smell them. Weird? Yep, I'm very aware of it.
But I also really believe in the power of books. This is a very wanky statement to begin with, but if you're still with me (and I hope that you are), I'd like to explain why.
A couple of years ago, I read Jess Hill's See What You Made Me Do. It's a nonfiction book that presents a researched account of domestic abuse in Australia. Outlining the experiences of many women, men and children who experience trauma in their homes, Jess Hill writes about how we might support them and change Australia's assumptions about a complicated problem.
I remember sitting with my legs crossed on the couch at my parent's house, overwhelmed by these accounts and wondering what the hell an average person like me could possibly do to help. This is only one prevalent issue - there are countless others (climate change, gun laws, education reform and equal rights, just to name a few) that also need our attention. What can I do as one individual?
I realised that books are a good place to start. Books form a massively significant element of information exchange and learning. Anyone can pick up a book on a topic - any topic - and educate themselves. We can live, however vicariously, through the minds and experiences of other people and can become more empathetic members of our society through reading.
So I decided that I would begin here - with words.
Publishing & Editing
I'm now studying publishing and editing so that I can eventually help (in whatever small way) to print words onto paper and get them into the hands of readers.
That's why I read. Or rather, that's my current excuse for my overly large TBR pile and relatively small 'read' stack. I also just really love spending time in other worlds (because whose imagination didn't explode when they read Harry Potter?).
What about you? Why do you read? I'm so excited to talk about books with you and I'm so happy that you're here.
Thanks a bunch for reading with me.