• Rachel Pellegrino

Why I Read

Updated: Aug 4, 2019

Do you know why I read?

Because I’m a homebody.

That’s right. A Home. Body.

I like to be at home. I like to relax on my couch at the end of a hard week.

I like to eat at my table without being surrounded by strangers.

I like to soak in my tub with a good book.

I like to be home.

And, yes, I’m a bit of an introvert.

The problem is I also love to Travel with a capital T. Seeing all 50 states is on my bucket list. Going to across an ocean to Hawaii and to Italy is on my bucket list. Being at Walt Disney World makes me smile every single time, no matter how crowded. Traveling to the beach is my favorite vacation destination.

I love to travel.

So, what does this have to do with reading?

Well, reading is a win-win for me. It lets me embrace my introverted, easily over-stimulated self while also letting me accomplish my goal of traveling the world, seeing new sites, learning about new destinations and the activities they offer. All on a budget.

And, I LOVE it. I love mysteries and who dunnits. I love rom-coms that make me laugh out loud. I love a good historical fiction that teaches me about eras gone by. I love a strong biography about someone I admire or just someone interesting in the world. I love to read self-help books that show me, not just tell me, how to be stronger in my faith, my self-esteem, my business. I love picture books that encourage me and teach me by entertaining me. I love photography books, book about home decor, and even cookbooks, though I get no thrill out of actually cooking.

Reading for me is the cherry on top of the mixed up ice cream pile at the end of the bowl. It fulfills me in ways that nothing else can…not shopping, not eating, not exercising. It is the endorphin kick I need regularly. Without it, I tend to feel less creative, less educated, and less myself.

I am so thankful that there are so many great books from so many creative authors lining bookshelves, both physically and digitally, even though it makes it hard sometimes for me to walk out of the bookstore and leave them all behind. I have to remind myself that they will be there on the next trip and it’s okay for me to take pictures of covers, add them to my Amazon wish list, and just step away with my newly appointed TBR list I take home with me.

"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." C.S. Lewis

Reading gets me. And, I get reading.

What do you like to read? What types of books drive you to be a better you, a more satisfied you?



#booklove #reader #lifelonghobby

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