Why do You read?

Reading makes me happy - Reading makes me happy.
United States
March 13, 2008 3:17am CST
Why do you read? Is it relaxing, to get away, just love it or what? I read to relax at night after a long day of taking care of my little one. Does anyone have a particular genre or book that really relaxes them? Do you prefer reading online or physically have the book?
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@azure29 (30)
• Philippines
13 Mar 08
I mostly read to relax myself but I have to admit that I also read to help relieve stress. When I find myself really angry, I just grab a book, find a couch and just let loose. I find that reading helps me concentrate on something other than what causes me stress. When I open a book, I feel myself being transported to another time and place. I particularly love reading romance novels, historical or paranormal more so. With regards to whether I prefer online or real books, I have to say that I have no exact preference. To me what matters the most is that I'm reading a book.
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• United States
14 Mar 08
I think people that can use reading and other unharmful ways to relieve stress and anger are awesome. Its good take it and do something contructive. Great response!
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• Philippines
13 Mar 08
Hello jezzikabret! I read books because I love reading, it is very informative, sort of relaxation and it kills boredom . I love to read Chicken Soup for the Soul, it's one of my favorite. I prefer to read having the physical book.
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• United States
13 Mar 08
I love Chicken Soup for the soul books too! They have one for everyone it seems :)
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@bmwgem (34)
13 Mar 08
Reading relaxes me and the time passes so quickly when I;m reading. I prefer reading with a book rather than online becuase being online tends to hurt by eyes after a while. I always read at night in bed after my baby has gone to sleep and it relaxes me and makes me sleepy although when I get lost in the story I can be reading for over an hour!
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• United States
13 Mar 08
Its good to have something like reading that is relaxing after a tough day. Thanks for your response!
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@Ravenladyj (22936)
• United States
13 Mar 08
I love to read and have since I was just a kid..What and why I read varies really..sometimes I just feel like sitting down with a good book, other times I'm reading to educate myself on something or to learn more about a topic and sometimes I do it just becuase theres nothign else to do at that time..I much prefer to have the book in hand too..I can and have read online but I dont find it nearly as enjoyable..
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• China
13 Mar 08
sometimes i read to learn something i need to know ,but more i do it to have fun ,espesially it is raining outside ,i really love some books ,the best is carfield ,when i am unhappy for sth ,i'll read it and then will feel much better .for me ,the real book in my hand is much better than online reading.
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• Vietnam
13 Mar 08
I read because it's one of my habit.I love to do that.I've learned so many things from books . And I like to read physically book because it's not good for health when read a book on computer
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@subha12 (18452)
• India
13 Mar 08
there are many reasons that i read. first of all i love reading. secondly i read as it helps sometime to relax. also i can forget some pains when i read a book. it is my f=greatest conmpanion.
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@cortney09 (1346)
• United States
14 Mar 08
I mean when it comes down to it, I just really, really love it. I always have. I also enjoy reading when I get into bed. When I lay down to sleep, I read for an hour before I actually go to sleep. I think that reading is such a good way to learn. I mean it can teach so much.
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• United States
14 Mar 08
I love your comment! Thanks so much for adding to this discussion.
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@cortney09 (1346)
• United States
15 Mar 08
Thanks. The only problem is that my hubby says my nose is always in a book. Oh, well he is like that with the computer.
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• United States
28 Mar 08
Lol my hubby is always on the computer too.
@ayou82 (3460)
• Philippines
17 Mar 08
I always love to read a book and not the online ones.. makes me so relax and imaginative ..
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• United States
28 Mar 08
Reading is wonderful for relaxing! Thanks for your response.
@as2006 (5041)
• Israel
14 Mar 08
I love to read, it's part of my life, it's interesting me, when I read I find myself in a beautiful word of hope, love, melody,etc.
• United States
14 Mar 08
Its nice to get lost in another world momentarily.
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
14 Mar 08
I have no idea why I read. I never sat down and given myself a thought to thought discussion as it depends on what I am reading. Sometimes I am trying to learn something and in some cases, I am trying to improve my spiritual knowledge when I read the Christian books and magazines I buy or subscribe to. Other times, I watched a movie based on a book, or I already like the author and want to read his books. Now since I am an incurable romantic, I like Jane Austin's books, so I would say it is because I love to read and if I were not slightly far sighted, and had to make sure the room was well lighted, I could read faster. I love romantic, mystery, suspense, some fantasy and science fiction, action adventure, but not literary or introspective books. Even if the hero is on a life changing mission, I want him to have to fight villains, get shot or stabbed at while getting there and of course, getting the girl in the end.
• United States
14 Mar 08
I love historical romances myself. Great response, thanks :)
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@Pose123 (21666)
• Canada
14 Mar 08
Hi jezzikabret, I prefer to physically have the book in my hands. I read to relax sometimes, but I also read to learn, as I have a real passion for new ideas. Blessings.
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• United States
14 Mar 08
Thats great :) Wanting to learn about things is wonderful...keeps the world going around. Thanks for the response!
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@winterose (39899)
• Canada
14 Mar 08
since I run an e-zine I usually read inspirations and heartbreaking stories, which I publish, as well as poetry, and I am a writer myself I have written two books.
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• United States
14 Mar 08
Thats awesome. Congrats on the books!
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• Jamaica
14 Mar 08
i read books just for the fun of it and sometimes to get my mind of certain things.i prefer holding the book in my hand.sometimes i read it at school when i'm bored
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• United States
14 Mar 08
Books...depending on whatyour into, defintely do help with boredom. I went through books like crazy in high school.
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• United States
14 Mar 08
I like to read because it relaxes me.It makes me forgot about other things for awhile.At night I read because it helps me fall asleep faster.I love to read.
• United States
14 Mar 08
Its defintely a great way to unwind for the night. Thanks for your response :)
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@lkbooi (16100)
• Malaysia
17 Mar 08
Hi jezzi, reading is one of my favorite hobbies. Other than for the sake of reading interest I find reading could make me relaxed, give me valuable information, enrich my writing skill and so on. I prefer to read the traditional books as it is rather handy and I could read them at anytime, anywhere. When young I used to read very fast, now I am getting slow but enjoying more when doing any reading.
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@Amagnimo (637)
• India
17 Mar 08
I just love reading. I don't have any particular genre for reading. perhaps Fantasy writings, seeing that I love Harry Potter books. But its just not that. I even enjoy studying my school books. They are such good! I just love to read those. and, then, the ebooks which are mostly fictions, and I like them too. Probably, reading books calms me down, and that's becuase I belive books as my friends (really, I don't have any true good friends in Real life anyways!) and so...it relaxes me because of my love towards reading..perhaps?
@xtin3810 (19)
17 Mar 08
because this is the only way I can afford to travel to any place I want to..
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• China
16 Mar 08
you know book is our good teacher our life cann't without book ! i like reading !
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• United States
16 Mar 08
I love to read. It relaxes me and I love the idea of going anyplace I want by just opening up a book and I am transported from my home to anyplace that I want. I get totally engrossed in reading and when someone talks to me I sometimes don't hear them due to the book I am reading. I like to have the book physically open. I don't like to read online or read with the audio tapes they have out. There is nothing like sitting down and curling up with a book and a cup of coffee in your hands.
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