Why do I Read?

I have been asked many times why I read so much. Usually by people who don’t read. I thought it would be fun to answer it here because it gives me a chance to introduce myself to you.

I found my love for books as a kid. My parents had strict time limits on how much TV my siblings and I could watch, so my sisters and I were expected to find other ways to entertain ourselves. Please keep in mind I was born in 1982, so there were no cell phones, tablets, ipods, 3DS’s, or other electronic devices. I was raised on the outskirts of a small town (8,000 people). There was nothing within walking distance, so most days our two choices were playing outside or being quite inside. Most days I chose to stay inside because although we had a couplebof neighbors with children, none of them were my age.

When I was young my mom was a preschool teacher studying to become an elementary school teacher, so she had tons of children’s books all over the house. One day in first or second grade I was bored and started going through all mu moms books. I could only read some of the books because they were ment for grades 1-6. I read the books I could and looked at the pictures of the books that I couldn’t read. I didn’t stop until my parents made me come to dinner.

That one experience showed me that books could take you anywhere and introduce you to anyone. Starting the next day I read any book I could get my hands on. My parents were thrilled and started taking me to the library and the local bookstore on a regular bases.

As I got older my love for books grew and grew. I discovered new genres and loved books even more. By the time I was in high school I had become know as a bookworm and I was proud of my nickname.

Now I am an adult and I read because reading I have travel around the world, traveled through time and visited places that dont exist. Through reading I have meet people I should never have heard of. Books have made me a better peraon. That is why I read and I will continue to read because with each book I read I grow just a little more.

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