Fae Friday is an awesome new weekly post created by Kristy at Caffeinated Fae. I’m super excited to participate in this (and to have been an avid supporter of it from the beginning)! A topic is provided each week, and Kristy is so welcoming to ideas from others. If you have any ideas for topics, reach out to her through her blog or on Twitter (@caffeinatedfae).
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- Link back to this page on Caffeinated Fae.
- If the prompt idea comes from another blog, link to that blog as well.
- Use #FaeFriday when posting to social media so we can all find each other!
- Participate when you can and have fun with the prompt!
It’s Friday! That means it’s time to sprinkle some pixie dust around and answer this week’s prompt! Why do you read?
I’ve never actually sat down and really thought about this before.
But since I’ve been reading for so much of my life, I have identified a few reasons that have kept me reading. At first, my mom taught me how to read at a really young age (when I was just 4 years old!) because I asked so many questions and she needed a break. However, reading has given me so much.
- It’s a great way to learn about basically anything. Books have taught me important skills, provided information, and opened up doorways to history, places, and other cultures that I may not have ever gotten the chance to see the way people who live them can depict.
- Reading is a healthy coping skill for me to manage stress. In today’s world, with stress at an all-time high, healthy escapes are in high demand. And as I always tell people, at least I’m not doing drugs.
- Books have been a great way for me to connect with like-minded people. People who read similar books are pretty much guaranteed to have at least one thing in common, and I’ve met some seriously awesome people on book twitter and bookstagram. Which is also really important, since it has helped me feel connected during these isolating times.
- I fully credit my love of reading with fostering a strong imagination.
Why do you read?
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I love the community aspect of it as well! It’s like you’re part of something bigger, and it’s awesome to talk about books with others. Especially because there’s only one person in my in real life friend group that reads like I do 😂
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I have one friend who reads as well, but her taste is really different. This community has been amazing. I’m so glad we connected!
Great post, Leah! This is something that I’ve also never really thought too hard about because as far as I can remember I’ve always loved to read. It did start off as a coping mechanism in school (to avoid bullying I hid in the library with my books!) and now, in a way I guess it’s still a coping mechanism but for stress and anxiety and depression… 😅 I just love escaping into other worlds and forgetting the hot mess that reality can be. Plus, I love learning from others perspectives and experiences, too!
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There’s so many great reasons to read! It’s been the best way to escape that I’ve ever found and I love how I can always learn something new from every book I read.