Tell us something about yourself: Who Are You?:
I’m Amy, I’m a teenage book blogger, and my life revolves around books, dogs, TV/film, photography, music and food.
What is your blog about and what are your plans with it?:
My plan for my blog is to talk about books that I love as many ways as I can, whether that be reviews, blog tours, guest posts from other bookworms or participating in memes. I’ve also recently started doing interviews with authors, which I really hope to make a regular feature as I love preparing questions and hearing the answers.
Why did you start blogging?:
The short answer is I’m not entirely sure. The long answer is basically that it was a combination of being inspired by all the amazing bloggers I’ve read for years, and just really wanting to give it a go. I’m so proud of how far my blog has gone in the past couple of months, and I’m so excited to see what’s still to come.
The Reasons I Love Reading
It`s an escape
I have some pretty significant health issues and spend a fair portion of time in hospitals so and reading is very simply a way to leave this world for a bit and go somewhere else and be a different person. A book is also a lot more transportable than other methods of storytelling (such as film or TV) as I can and usually do take books everywhere I go, but lugging a TV/DVD player would take a good bit more effort, so it`s also the most practical method of escapism. A good book can make even the worst day a little bit brighter, and this is probably the main reason that I love to read.
The community of book lovers I`ve met
I haven`t been blogging for that long compared to a lot of people, but the online community of book lovers I`ve met is definitely one of my new favourite things about reading. Getting to share my views with like-minded people is a lot of fun, and sometimes inspires me to read books I`d never usually think of reading, or opens my eyes to parts of a book I may not have picked up on. Now I can`t imagine not blogging/interacting with others alongside my reading!
I can learn new things
Most books contain at least one fact or piece of information I didn’t know about in as much detail or hadn`t even heard of, and I love that reading lets me learn while I`m having fun. Often, at school or while watching a quiz show on TV (my favourite is Pointless, in case you`re interested) I`m able to answer a question that no one else knows the answer to. Can you guess what I say when someone asks me how I knew that? I read it in a book.
It helps me understand other people
As I touched on in my first point, reading is special in that for a while, we`re immersed in someone else`s world. Perhaps the most interesting thing about reading is that it allows us to experience things we never will. Taking a recent week as an example, I read and loved stories far from my own existence and empathised with each and every character; I was a gay boy afraid to come out, a person who swapped bodies every day, I was two Indian-American teens falling in love, I was in the nineties and the forties, I was in a mysterious, magical world where a plucky heroine solved the mystery of children disappearing from all over the country and I was at a boarding school. There have been a bunch of studies which suggest readers are more empathetic than people who don`t read, and with very few exceptions I think this is true.
I don`t know who I`d be without it
Since I was three years old, I`ve been able to read. That`s 80% of my whole life where I`ve been a reader. My life is basically defined by the books I`m reading, as they can affect my mood and the choices I make about how I want to spend a day. My brain is linked to the words I`m reading in a way I can`t explain (I`m not being metaphorical here, by the way. I don`t see images in my head, I only ever really think in sentences), and I never want that to change.
Is your life also defined by books (I know mine is)? I loved reading this post and I am really happy to feature Amy’s guest post! Thank you Amy! If you also enjoyed this go follow her on twitter or subscribe to her blog! What are your reasons for loving reading?