Just Sit Down and Read

“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” - Jane Austen

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Why do you read?

As an English major, people always ask me, after seeing me on a bench with yet another book: “Do you actually like to read?”

I’m not sure why else people think I’d be doing it. Although for science and math oriented friends, sitting down and opening a 200 page book doesn’t happen outside of one of the circles of hell.

Empathy can be useful, but I couldn’t even begin to empathize with this madman. But I did try to answer his question, although I certainly didn’t convert him.

I read because I enjoy it and I learn from it. It teaches things about myself. I’m curious and it’s the only way to do all of the things I want to do, but may never have the time or money for. I don’t feel like “me” if I don’t read; it’s an addiction that actually improves my life. It helps me write well; it’s a way for me to thank the writers who have enriched my life. It gives me something consistent in my life; the words never change, as my interpretations sometimes do. I value intelligence…and the list goes on.

Books are not a substitute for experience, but can be complementary to it.

I read because I can’t stop. I read because my parents started taking me to the library when I was about two days old.

I read because it’s what I love to do. Nothing else makes me feel the way a great book does.

“That’s really weird,” my friends always reply.

Maybe.

How about you? Why do you do it?

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book-aesthete:

Gemme d’Arti Italiane. Volume 13 only. Engraved additional title and 9 plates after paintings by contemporary Italian artists. 4to, original cream boards elaborately chromolithographed and embossed in colors and gold with ornate border surrounding oval centerpiece depicting elegantly dressed woman removing necklace from jewel box on front cover and floral arrangement on rear cover, flat spine gilt with ornamental strapwork panel, white textured paper endleaves, faint soiling along joints and cover edges, minor wear to spine ends, cover corners bumped; scattered foxing variously affecting engraved matter; board folding case. Milan, Venice, & Verona: P. Ripamonti Carpano, [1860]

book-aesthete:

Gemme d’Arti Italiane. Volume 13 only. Engraved additional title and 9 plates after paintings by contemporary Italian artists. 4to, original cream boards elaborately chromolithographed and embossed in colors and gold with ornate border surrounding oval centerpiece depicting elegantly dressed woman removing necklace from jewel box on front cover and floral arrangement on rear cover, flat spine gilt with ornamental strapwork panel, white textured paper endleaves, faint soiling along joints and cover edges, minor wear to spine ends, cover corners bumped; scattered foxing variously affecting engraved matter; board folding case. Milan, Venice, & Verona: P. Ripamonti Carpano, [1860]

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thepeverellthree asked: Thank you for following back, that was so kind. :)

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