Booking Through Thursday: Nov. 29

 A Weekly Meme Hosted by Booking Through Thursday 

I was talking to a co-worker the other day about a book I’d read recently, and realized how very, very few people I can do that with. In my daily life, it seems like almost no-one reads anything more than a newspaper or a fashion magazine. I only have one person I can truly chat about books with … and yet, being a Capital-R-Reader, I simply can’t imagine going through life without a book constantly at hand, or shelves of them proudly displayed downstairs. I’m proud of being a person who not only reads, but who reads a lot–not just in volume but in variety. I like having an inquiring mind. I like exploring new ideas. I love following an intricately plotted story (the more layers the better). I love BEING a reader and simply can’t imagine what it’s like to go through life without being one.
Am I the only one who feels this way? That wonders at how other people can simply NOT do something that should be so essential? Who feels almost sad that so many people seem content to go through their lives without stretching their mental wings at all?
Can you imagine NOT being a Reader? How does it shape your life? Your perception of it?
How does being a Reader affect your relationship with all those folks who are looking at it from the other side and simply can’t understand how you can sit and READ all the time?
Yep, it’s a long-winded, philosophical springboard to a ephemeral conversation … go, see what you can make of it!

I had this mainly written on Thursday but forgot to publish it last night, I guess. I couldn't imagine not being a reader, it's always played a huge part of my life. I think reading so many fiction books growing up helped me learn to deal with hard time and anxiety through using reading as an outlet. It also makes it easier to feel a sense of compassion and understanding for others and imagine walking in their shoes easier. My mom always encouraged me reading, even if she was not a reader herself. She used to take me to the bookstore when I had extra money to spend, read to me when I was little, and always told everyone with pride what a bookworm I was. As an adult my fiance always liked dating readers for some reason. He's not a big reader himself, although he does read on downtime, and seems to respect those who do. My best friend has gotten into books the past two years, and we spend a lot of time trading books, discussing them, shopping for them together, and it creates a lot of fun for us.