I recently started visiting my local library a lot. I am at the library roughly 3 times a week and it never ceases to amaze me at how excited I get being around all the different books. Since a very young age I have loved reading and being around books. I would spend hours in book stores going over several blurbs and analysing book covers to decide what book to buy. I often resented only having a certain amount of money which meant I could not buy all the books I wanted. Eventually I made the crucial decision about what book to read based on what I was going through in life. For example if I wanted to escape because I had the stress of exams and life, I would pick a sci fi book, or periodic drama. I loved being transported to a different time and space. If I had undergone some trauma such as heartbreak or a nasty argument with a friend, I would read a crime or war story where something worse than my present situation takes place. The comparison would put my life in perspective and help me calm down to move on.
Into adulthood books have continued to be my solace. Whenever I want to runaway, I read. The only difference I see in my adult years is that I do not run to fiction all the time. If I have money problems I will invest in a financial book so that I can learn and hopefully not find myself in the same situation again.
I love that books come in all different forms, tones and specialism. It means that you can find a book to speak to your current situation – whatever it may be.
What makes you choose a book to read?