Hi, welcome to once in a blue moon kinda post, where I talk about random stuff but this time around still revolves around reading. So, if you have asked readers before why they read or love reading or started reading, the answer could be literally anything right? But the most common ones would be for escapism from the real world, to improve language, as a cheaper travelling alternative, and the list goes on.
I won’t say that I don’t relate with these reasons at all, there are some common reasons that I could relate to while the rest I just can’t. For example, let’s look at reading as escapism or to run away from reality. Most people find reality is just not what they wanted. So, they read to sort of run away from this world and all kind of bullshit, and dive into a fantasy land where things happen differently and totally bring themselves to a whole different dimension. Some people even have reading as one the mechanism to cope with their mental health, to make them feel better. As much as this reason is solid and valid to lots of people and I have mad respect for it, I just can’t relate to this one. Reality sucks but I don’t read for escapism, I sleep, mostly, for escapism. One more thing, it’s also because the books I read are set in the real world, meaning I don’t always read fantasy. So, that doesn’t help me to transport me to a new dimension, just another real life situation happens in book.
Next, for most speakers who don’t speak English, we mostly read English books to improve our language or vocabularies. I think for me, this is sort of partially relatable because I learnt English through TV shows since I was a kid and growing up, I don’t read much. To be honest, as long as I could speak the language and get meaning across, that’s pretty good to me. Vocabularies wise, I am too lazy to search for meanings, hence I just guess meaning of words by the context it’s being used and this also leads to me not being able to use bombastic words accurately in my speech or writing because I am just too lazy for accuracy. So, to conclude, I am a very lazy reader and language learner.
Here is where I actually come to the main points, thank you for still being here. You know I love you people. Now keep on reading.
Now, I’m going to talk about the reasons I read. I always tell people I read because I get to travel to places I’ve never been to because my whole life I never travel to other countries before, yes, you get that right, even the nearest country which I could go by bus which is Singapore. Everything is just so costly so reading is definitely a cheaper alternative to actual travelling. I get to picture things in my head and experience it mentally. It sounds pretty pathetic but beggars can’t be choosers.
Secondly, I read because I love to be in others’ people shoes and this help me to become more empathetic towards people around me. This is why I always look for character development and their thoughts in situations that occur in the story. I especially love it when I could relate to characters in books, I’ll always go: “Hey, omg SAME!” If that book gets this reaction from me, it will most probably get a 4 or 5 star rating because honestly, how could someone not loving it when they see themselves in a book, written in a story? It’s always exciting when that happens.
I read because of the stories authors bring in form of words, I enjoy imagining the scenes that I read in my head. It takes a bit longer to finish than movies but it’s mine. My version of imagination is different from other readers’ who have read the exact same book.
Basically, what I really want to say is that, it’s okay if your reason is different from the rest. It doesn’t make you weird. It’s okay to say out loud and you don’t have to follow the majority just because it is what everybody else is saying.
Extra content, readers always say, when they read, they are totally invested in a story and would be transported into the world of the book. I, on the other hand, am so easily distracted and I could never read for a very long time unless I’m really in the mood for it. But for most of the time, I would fall asleep when reading, it’s normal. Sometimes, the books are not even boring. It’s just that my mind shut off easily when it comes to words, which is why I read before I sleep and when I wake up. It helps me to go to bed and when I wake up, it helps me to read a little longer because I just woke up.
Overall, I just want to say that I wished to go on a different direction with this post but it ended up quite differently. I hope you’re not confused by my weirdly written write up and have a nice day!