I read because I desperatley want to be in places and with people that don’t exist. I read because I believe that someday, I’ll get to the one place I can’t reach. I will go to Neverland. I will study at Hogwarts. I will find Narnia. I will travel the world in the split of a second. Reading takes me to a safe place. A universe full of different mindsets I can learn all. Every time something happens, I get scared or sad and feel the need to hide myself somewhere for a while, I get out a book, and get lost there, unconnected with everything surrounding me. I find love and I find happines.
Every time I read, something, somewhere, clicks and nothing can upset me. It doesn’t matter what universe I’m hiding in, at what time of the century, in the past or in the future. I could be in the magical part London, buying school supplies form Diagon Alley, or I could hide in a little coffee shop somewhere in Paris, meeting the love of my life.
I read because it’s easier for me to get to my own world. I get all the parts I love from all the books I read, and place them in there. There’s only one bad thing about having your own universe. You can only get there in your imagination.
I read because if I wouldn’t, I’d go mad. I’d go mad surrounded by people that talk too much, judge without knowing – or thinking – and say things they don’t mean. At times like today, I wish I could disappear for a while and come back when things are easier or when people are happier.
I find reading to be such a beautiful kind of crazy. It amazes me how easy it is to know every single part of a person’s life and thoughts just by reading their work. You can figure out the people you love just by looking at their favourite books. So, here are 7 must-read books for you all.
1. All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven
2. We All Looked Up – Tommy Wallach
3. The Rest of Us Just Live Here – Patrick Ness
4. On Love – Charles Bukowski (poetry book)
5. The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins
6. The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
7. Game of Thrones (at least one of them) – George R. R. Martin