I am a Reader…

Hello all!

I am a reader. I love books and being surrounded by books. One day I want to have a room that I can dedicate to my books; a home library, one with comfy chairs and good lighting to read by. I love perusing the bookshelves of my local bookshops, seeing what new books they have, whether they have different editions of a book I already own. I do the same in charity shops. I have so many different copies of the Harry Potter books because I’ve seen them in charity shops or second-hand bookshops and I’ve just had to pick them up.

I’ve never not been surrounded by books. I can always remember Christmas’ as a child where my parents would often get me books, ones I already wanted and ones I’d never even heard of. I remember one year having a pile of books for Christmas and it’s probably the best gift I received. I only had one bookcase at the time and I struggled to fit them all on the shelves, but double banking/stacking books saved my room from being overrun. I now have two bookcases and I still have no room for any books! I can’t wait to have more space to fill with books – hopefully some day soon (preferably a whole room).

I’ve always been a reader. I can’t remember a time where I haven’t been one. I think my parents had a massive role to play in that; they always read to my brother and I before bed, and I can’t count the amount of books they got for me growing up. I remember dad reading us Harry Potter before bed every night, all of us enthralled by the story. I remember my mum and I talking about which books we’d read, which ones we’d recommend. I can’t remember a time where I haven’t been around books. I don’t think I’d ever want to either. I enjoy nothing more than sitting at home, wrapped up in a blanket, reading. I always have done.

In my 22 years I can’t think of a single time where reading has not been a huge part of life. Of course, I’ve had periods where I’ve not read a lot, for example in first year of uni. I was too busy meeting new people, finding my way around a new town, settling in to uni life, and getting used to one of the biggest changes in my life. Even then when I had less time to read I still had a shelf full of books in my tiny room. I couldn’t move four hours away from home and not take some books with me, now could I? Even when I couldn’t dedicate much time to it, I still never lost my love for reading.

Reading has, and always will be, a major part of my life. It’s a constant in my life, I can’t think of any time where it hasn’t helped me in some way. If I ever had a rubbish day in uni, I’d come home and pick up a book (usually Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) and everything would be better. Harry Potter is one of those series’ that I can go back to time and time again and not get bored of. I know that I can pick up any book in the series and just read. In a reading slump? I can fix that with a Potter book. Need a quick read? I know I can pick up one of the early Potter books and read that in next to no time. My Harry Potter shelf is overflowing. I collect any new edition I see of those books; illustrated, hardback, paperback, a cover I’ve never seen before, I’ve even been tempted to pick up editions in other languages! My collection is always growing (I’m planning on writing a post on this later on, so keep an eye out)!

I read for enjoyment. I read to escape to fantastical worlds, to explore fictional lands, to go on an adventure, to meet extraordinary characters. I read because I love it – always have, always will. There are so many different ways one can read, and I enjoy them all. Whether I read a brand-new hardback that I’ve pre-ordered, a battered paperback that I’ve picked up secondhand, an ebook of a book I’ve been meaning to read for a while, or an audiobook of an old favourite.

Reading is, and always will be, a massive part of my life. It is something that has been a constant throughout my life, no matter what form it comes in, and it’s something that I will always cherish and enjoy. I love it.

“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.” – Anna Quindlen

What memories do you have of reading? Why do you enjoy reading? Let me know! 

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4 thoughts on “I am a Reader…”

  1. I can’t imagine my life without reading. I feel privileged to be able to read, to have the time to read, and to have access to books, when so many other people still don’t in the world.
    Great post – I’m a HP fan too, I grew up with the books being released and the only reason I haven’t got all the editions is I haven’t got any room on my bookcases.

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  2. I can’t think of a time that I haven’t been a reader, either. As far as I can remember, books have always been important. Great post! 🙂

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