The Love of Reading

Over the years, reading has brought me much enjoyment. When I was young, it was a way to escape the awkward teenage years. Reading about the Wakefield sisters in the Sweet Valley High series, I could almost imagine I was one of them, a popular girl at their high school. Nothing could have been further from the truth. I was also introduced to shockingly real books, like Go Ask Alice, which would haunt me for years to come, and To Kill A Mockingbird. I was equally captivated by them.

In college, my reading would become more varied and eclectic. By day, I devoured the classics, and by night, genre fiction. I’ll never forget reading Mrs. Dalloway in one sitting, not because it was due, but because I was fascinated with the characters. I loved books so much, it’s no wonder I went on to receive a Master’s Degree in literature, then teach English and Humanities. My own students weren’t as zealous as I was, but that was okay. I loved hearing their fresh perspectives on old books. Every time I taught The Great Gatsby, I learned something new.

Now I find myself talking about my own books, but reading still takes up the best part of my day. I love relaxing at night with a good book and a glass of wine. In tumultuous times, I find it is the only activity that soothes my soul.

George R. R. Martin once wrote, “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” It’s so true. Classics, cozies, suspense, romances, biographies: each imparts something new, introducing me to new words and worlds.  I don’t even have to like a book to enjoy it, if that makes sense, although I would say I like 99% of everything I read. It’s the experience of reading that appeals to me, an opportunity to explore a different world.

Why does reading appeal to you? What brings you back page after page? I’d love to hear your thoughts about books and reading.



  1. Judi Lynn on February 13, 2021 at 4:43 pm

    I read at the end of the day, too. It helps me put the day behind me. And like you, I like a variety of types of books. Each one pushes a different button for me, makes my mind go in a different direction. Also like you, I like most of what I read, even if it’s imperfect. It’s offered me a new outlet, one I haven’t tried before. So I’m grateful to it.

    • Mary Angela on February 13, 2021 at 6:25 pm

      Well said, Judi! It’s another outlet to explore, a nice way to say goodbye to the day.

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