Why I’m a Reader

I have been a reader for 3-4 years now, a stressful few years with many reading slumps and hangovers. But, I thought it would be nice to share the reasons as to why I am a reader. The questions below are taken from a tag – unfortunately, I cannot find who originally created it.

Choose one word that describes being a reader.


What’s the very first book you fell in love with?


Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney – a story I was read as a child by my Grandparents, where a daddy hare and his baby compete to see who loves who the most. It concludes with the well-known line, “I love you right up to the moon – and back.”. It was my childhood favourite, and will forever hold a place in my heart.

Hardcover or paperback?

Paperback – although I own a considerable number of ebooks, which are easier to carry everywhere.

How has reading shaped your identity?

If you checked out Saturday’s post on Require Reading and Why You Shouldn’t Ignore It, you will already know the answer to this question. However, for those who didn’t, I was not much of an avid reader during my school years, the only books I ever read were those we studied in class. I grew up in an area where many people were close minded, uneducated and prejudice – not exactly the best environment for a developing mind. Reading gave me the opportunity to see the world through another person’s eye, and showed me the differences between good people and bad people. A lot of traits I possess today are taken from literary characters, the ones that made an impression and taught me a lesson.

Who taught you how to read?

I am guessing my Grandparents. My Mother was a full-time University student during the first stage of my life. Because of this, I spent the majority of my time at my Grandparents. My Grandfather and Grandmother taught me many thing: how to ride a bike, how to bake, etc, etc.

Describe your dream reading lounge/room.


A beautiful view, of a city, or the sea. Light and airy, with colossal white framed windows. White walls, high ceiling, plush cream carpet (plain). Floor the ceiling bookshelves and a duvet draw for blankets and covers. A white shelf or side table beside my seating area – a place to rest my many mugs of coffee/tea. Surround sound with bluetooth.

Why are you a reader? Leave a comment down below!


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