After a busy weekend of volunteering at a conference, I’ve finally gotten to my 3rd day of this challenge 🙂 This quote is about reading and how it transports us to wonderful worlds. In a lot of ways, reading is a lot like travelling: you’re exposed to a new and unfamiliar world, finding out along the way (as you get lost a couple times) that you really enjoy it. After a while, the unfamiliar becomes familiar…
“Keep reading. It’s one of the most marvellous adventures that anyone can have.” -Lloyd Alexander
When people think of adventures, they usually think of some sort of expedition or spontaneous trip that physically moves them from one place to another. There are also adventures found in books. The ones that move us mentally and emotionally, opening up our imaginations and eyes to worlds we never imagined.
Reading is such a nice form of escapism and when you’re truly immersed in a story, you do feel like you’re part of that setting, wherever it may be. You get to be inside someone else’s head and shoes, walking where they walk, going where they dare to go. Sometimes, you may even catch a glimpse of yourself in these stories or characters. It’s a quick flash–like seeing yourself in a mirror all of a sudden.
At other times, it gives you a bit of excitement when you may not have any in your life. Maybe you can’t go on that trip to Prague you’ve always dreamed of or met someone amazing yet but a book can take you to these places, if only temporarily. Of course, reading about a place through a book isn’t quite the same as experiencing it but it’s close enough and can be just as wonderful in my opinion. Sometimes these places are imagined and we wish they existed in our own world–like Hogwarts.
Maybe nothing much is happening in your life right now and you feel the humdrum monotony of daily life. But a book can change that. It can even make you realize what you want out of your life… and it might even change you. It’s happened to me and I’ve never been so grateful for the magic of reading since that’s occurred. Something amazing can happen when you read. You can be inspired, informed, encouraged, enlightened, captivated, entertained, moved…
I think reading keeps us dreaming of better things. We realize there are other people out there that feel the same way as us, that they have dreams and hopes and wishes too. Never stop reading.
The 3 bloggers I nominate for the 3 Quotes, 3 Days Challenge are:
- Oscar Relentos: This is a great blog that covers anything from pop culture to life thoughts, with a very pensive and engaging writing style. Be sure to check out this site and its most recent post on David Bowie!
- Life, Literature and Coffee: Mariella is an avid reader, a YA fiction writer and believes everyone has a story to tell. Check out her blog which features interesting thoughts, poems, book reviews and giveaways, along with information on her two books, Dissonance and The Autumn Prince.
- Caffeine Epiphanies: Mary C.M. Phillips writes about Jane Austen and Edith Wharton on her blog, and is a member of JASNA’s New York Metropolitan Region. Check our her posts, which have a wonderful classics theme to them!
If you’re nominated for this challenge, you choose 3 quotes for 3 days and nominate 3 bloggers everyday.