Monday, April 03, 2006

What Was I Thinking?

I borrowed this pic from a friend. :) He's got some great pics posted at his blog if you want to stop by and check them out.

Now if this man was truly my personal trainer, I might be whining nearly as much as I want to right now. Joined a gym on Saturday and I can barely lift my Good thing typing doesn't involve lifting my arms for anything. :0

Well, my question for y'all today is this...why do you read? I don't mean just romance or even erotic romance. Why do you chose to pick up a book or an e-book reader instead of knitting or crossword puzzles? Not that's anything wrong with knitting or

Is it being able to get lost in a story that you're sure will work out in the end? Is it the rush of flying through space on a earth saving mission to another planet? Or being a gunslinger in the Old West, fighting bank robbers or Native Americans?

I read because it takes me to places I'll never be able to go to in real life. It gives me experiences with creatures and alien beings-that if they exist-I hope to never meet face-to-face. (Bigfoot is scary) No matter how bad things are in my life, I read a book and I see that good things can happen to people whose lives are just as bad as Books give me hope, but they also can make me cry. Which is good as well.

So tell me why you read. I'm going to busy this morning, but I'll check back in the afternoon. One lucky winner will get a great prize from me. I'll be drawing the name around 9 tonight. :)



Blogger snowflake said...

I find reading relaxing since it's something anyone with basic literacy skills can do. You don't need to learn a new skill to enjoy it and there's such a huge variety of reading materials out there to suit all your tastes.

Through the power of words, I get to learn about my culture through folk and fairy tales passed down through the ages, connect with another person (author)'s imagination and perspective and understand how their background and the mores and values of their time may influence what they write, visit places and time I may not have a chance to see for myself and challenge, explore and define my own stand on certain issues.

8:45 AM  
Blogger Sherrill Quinn said...

I read for the escape and, like Jenny said, it's relaxing. And you'd think as a hobby it'd be fairly cheap... NOT! Just one look at my TBR pile tells me different. LOL

10:09 AM  
Blogger Meljprincess said...

I read to visit places I've been, places I haven't been and places that don't exist.

Reading is THE BEST way to escape. Well, other than sleeping. *g*

I also read to learn. If your brain feels like mush and you can't go to school at least you can read and learn things.

10:14 AM  
Blogger robynl said...

I read to 'get away' from everyday trials and escape into another world with happy endings.

11:25 AM  
Blogger T.A.Chase said...

I read to escape from the boring moments in my life. And it's a far less expensive way to travel the world. :) Though like Sherrill said, it can be expensive depending on how many books you buy at a time. ;)

11:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are many reasons that I read. For example, I read to "escape" or take a mini-vacation from reality. I also read to stretch myself and view subjects that I might not normally view. I read for the sheer joy of seeing a story unfold from the imagination of an author and find myself putting pictures together in my mind of the characters and venues. Reading is fun and although I like films and plays, books are what I turn to when I have spare time.

Little Lamb Lost

12:12 PM  
Anonymous Cherie said...

Reading is my way to escape. Being a mom of a toddler with another baby under construction evenings are my time to read. It is my opportunity to get away and have my own mini-vacation and recharge. I get to visit other regions, countries as well as other worlds. Reading is just so wonderful.

12:51 PM  
Blogger Tiffany Aaron said...


It's a great way to learn about your culture and heritage or the writer's own culture.

1:05 PM  
Blogger Tiffany Aaron said...

lol...Sherrill, you're right. After a while, reading can be expensive..especially as more and more really good authors are getting published. My tbr pile used to be huge, but I did a purge because I'm writing more than I'm reading these days.

1:06 PM  
Blogger Tiffany Aaron said...

Reading is a great way to visit the writer's imagination and get a chance to see how they view aliens or other world, meljprincess

1:08 PM  
Blogger Tiffany Aaron said...

yep, robynl. Reading is one of the best ways to find happy endings especially at times when they don't seem to exist in this world. :)

1:09 PM  
Blogger Tiffany Aaron said... man...nice of you to drop in. :) $6 for a book is a lot cheaper than $500 for airplane tickets, that's for sure

1:11 PM  
Blogger Tiffany Aaron said...

Little Lamb Lost,

I love movies, but sometimes it's more fun to sit and decide in my own mind what the characters look like or what the scenery is like.

1:15 PM  
Blogger Tiffany Aaron said...

Cherie, under construction..I love that. Well, congrats on the construction project and you're right. I'm sure reading is a great way for you to relax.

1:16 PM  
Blogger Jennifer Y. said...

I read to escape the real world. Through a book I can visit different time periods, places, people, etc. that I may not get to visit in real life. I can temporarily forget my problems and enter another world. This is something that I learned at a young age and have been an avid reader for as long as I can remember.

1:55 PM  
Blogger Rae Monet said...

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2:38 PM  
Blogger Rae Monet said...

I read to escape the realities of real life. It's that simple for me :)

2:39 PM  
Blogger Estella said...

I read to take me away from everyday life and to put the focus on someone troubles or accomplishments.

3:12 PM  
Blogger Tiffany Aaron said...

I admit that's one of the attractions of reading, Jennifer Y. I like to go back in time and get a feel for what life was like back then (if the author's writing is good enough)

3:54 PM  
Blogger Tiffany Aaron said...

Rae, simple's good. Escape is as good a reason as any to read. :)

3:55 PM  
Blogger Tiffany Aaron said...


I've found being able to take myself out of my life and into someone esle's certain allows me to reduce stress. :)

3:56 PM  
Blogger Paige Burns said...

Sounds like pretty much everyone reads to escape and I'm with that crowd. Now a days I don't get much time to read though and I miss it.

4:32 PM  
Anonymous annalisa said...

I also love to read to escape and relieve stress in everyday life. I enjoy learning new things and discovering places that I will probably never get to see in real life. I always like the books I read to have that happy ending! :)

6:00 PM  
Blogger Lisa T said...

I read to experience new places and people. It's my way of being more outgoing (in my mind of course). The joy of discovering a new relationship and reliving those feelings or finding out that some man is worth redeeming makes me happy. And that is what reading is suppose to do, make us, the reader happy.

6:04 PM  
Blogger Jeanette J said...

I read for the same reasons you go places I've never been or will go to
I like to be scared..safely, in a horror book I know things will be ok in the end (some of them are not but that's ok isn't me it happens to)
I can learn things from books too

6:10 PM  
Blogger Pamk said...

I love reading because it takes me away to different worlds some that I couldn't even come up with in my wildest imagination. And as fun as doing other things are I have always come back to reading. I started when I was about 11 or 12. I can remember my grandmother reading in the living as I lay in bed at night and she'd laugh and cry and sometimes even cuss the characters. She said reading was better than tv and she was right. With books you can imagine the world and characters as you want. And even though the author describes them there is always leeway for you own interpertation.

7:21 PM  
Blogger KimW said...

I started reading a few years ago after a friend suggested it. I was so stressed at work and during lunch I would just blah, blah blah and go on and on. haha! I think she just wanted me to be quiet. Well it worked because I bought two romance books and 1,300 books later, I'm still reading. I'm not near as stressed as I use to be and now I read mostly because I enjoy the stories and it does relax my mind. I don't find knitting, PC games, TV or anything else near as entertaining as a juicy story.

8:04 PM  
Anonymous yesy rubi said...

I read so that I can live vicariously through the characters. While I've never had the fortune to travel outside of the US in real life, thanks to many, many books I've been able to travel around the world (as well as places out of this world). I've lived adventures that would never be, I've been to the past and to the future. And no matter how bad things can get in a book, you know you'll always get a happily ever after.

8:12 PM  
Blogger Pam P. said...

I read to learn and to relax; it's one of the few things that can get my mind off worries and to unwind after stressful days at work.

I love reading paranormals,fantasy, etc., to escape into things, beings and worlds unknown, into the imagination of others since mine's not quite up to theirs, lol.

8:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi isa@! that bod is hot hot! happy blog day!
linda bass

1:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi isa you know i love to read! if i get bored and do not have anything to read then i read thr big telephone book! boring-- i'd rather read your hot books since this blong does not recogonize me i have to post this way

linda bass

1:20 AM  

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