"Why do you read?" we asked. So many of you responded and helped us build our Top 20 list of Reasons to Read!
Thank you to everyone to shared your thoughts with us here on our site, and on Facebook and Twitter.
‘Escape’ and ‘relaxation’ were far and away the most popular answers. But there were some funny answers and some clever ones, too. Check it out and tell us why you read in a comment.
And now … drum roll please … the Read It Forward list of Top 20 Reasons to Read!
20. “BECAUSE IT’S MORE EFFECTIVE THAN ANTI-DEPRESSANTS AND CHEAPER THAN THERAPY” ~Michael E. on Facebook
19. “BECAUSE I CAN’T NOT READ” ~Sarah McW.
18. “BECAUSE IT SOOTHES MY SOUL” ~Phyllis L.
17. “TO SUBDUE THE INCESSANT MONOLOGUE IN MY HEAD” ~Alice B. on Facebook
16. TO FALL ASLEEP
“I can’t go to sleep at night unless I’ve read at least a little. It’s a daily necessity.” ~Jen F.
15. “PRETTY SURE IT’S BECAUSE I’M ADDICTED” ~Kay G. on Facebook
14. “BECAUSE T.V. IS BORING” ~Tisha H. on Facebook
13. TO FORGET
“To forget the real world for a while and live in a world made by someone else.” ~mizkatie51
12. “BECAUSE THERE ARE BOOKS” ~Barbara P. on Facebook
11. TO OPEN DOORS
“The reader only needs to chose which door they are walking through – travel, historical, memoir, romance and so many other choices, and every new book challenges the reader to open that door a little wider to meet whomever is inside.” ~TML Writes
10. TO BECOME PART OF SOMETHING BIGGER
“To become part of a community. To be surprised, delighted, hooked. To laugh and cry. To find new words. To remove myself from my surroundings. To meet new people.” ~Jane S.
9. TO EXPAND MY HORIZONS
“I read because reading expands my horizons and takes me to times and places I could not otherwise visit.” ~Robin
8. TO LIVE SOMEONE ELSE’S LIFE FOR A WHILE
“To experience adventures, the live in times I will never actually live in. To explore. To grow. To see the world through a different set of eyes.” ~Chani O.
7. TO IGNITE MY IMAGINATION
“Reading stokes the imagination and carries one away to new possibilities.” ~Donna S.
6. TO TRAVEL THROUGH TIME
“I read to be able to travel back in time. To be able to be a courtier, or a lady in waiting, or even a fly on the wall.” ~Carla
5. “BECAUSE IT MAKES ME HAPPY” ~Jackie G. on Facebook
4. TO DE-STRESS
“Reading is one of the best de-stressers I use daily for a healthier mind and all over well-being.” ~Pauline B.
3. TO LEARN
“Reading taught me more than every teacher I had in school, even college!” ~Kat H. on Facebook
2. TO RELAX
“To relax and take a mini vacay in my head.” ~Susan M on Facebook
1. TO ESCAPE
“As a child I read to escape; as a teen & young adult I read to explore; nowadays I read to find my way home again.” ~Roman T. on Twitter
Honorary mention goes to Caroline O. on Facebook, who says it all: “I read for the same reason I breathe.”
And to Robert E. on Twitter, who said he reads because “I have it on middling authority that if I spot the word cattywampus 5 times in life, I win a prize in heaven.” Good luck with that, Robert!
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Let’s keep the list growing! Why do you read? Tell us in a comment!