Recently, my housemates and I have begun to read together. Not the same book, but just in the same room. It is honestly, one of the most magical things ever.
When I read (and I say I, because I have never done extensive enough research to know if this is universal) I go to a different world in my mind. I forget what’s around me and instead paint the images I’m reading about, I hear the voices, create the accents, visualize the expressions and feel the surroundings. I never notice when I’m reading, but when something brings me back to the real world, I feel a sense of confusion.
When we talk about our stories, I realize how deep my housemates and I read. We really think about the feelings that the characters are experiencing, and it’s incredible how immersed in these worlds we get. I can often physically feel my body tensing up when something stressful is happening in my book.
I find it incredibly magical that sitting in my living room, in a small corner of the world, I can get transported to a different place, and so can the other people around me. One person may be in medieval times reading about medicine of the time, one may be watching a battle occur, one might be listening to a confession of love, one might be running through the jungle and one might be flying through the clouds.
I think in modern times, we have many ‘types’ of people, one of those are ones that read sitting on the sofa, and one of those are the ones who are happier to scroll on social media. There is nothing wrong with the latter, but I really believe people will feel a deeper happiness when they read a book.
There are so many books in the world. It is very difficult to not enjoy reading as there will always be something tailored to your likes and interests. It’s all about escapism, exploration and wonder.
As a challenge to the reader, I hope after this short post, you put down your phone, close your laptop, go make a cup of tea, grab the biscuits and sit down with a book and start travelling and exploring the world from the comfort of your own home.