I can’t really remember a time when books weren’t in my life. I’ve loved reading from a young age and my mother made sure that I was surrounded by them as a child. Growing up and to this day, presents from my family will consist of books or book vouchers without me having to ask. They just know that books mean a lot to me.
Going through secondary school, more than any other point in my life, books provided me with a certain amount of escapism. It let me get away from reality for a little and forget about everything that was going on around me. That escapism is the thing that helped me get through some rather bad days in school and let me just relax and unwind when I got home. I loved, and still love, being able to lose in completely new worlds that authors had created and parts of this world that I have yet to experience myself.
At a little bit of an older age, reading also gives my life a little more balance. The subjects that I’m taking in sixth form at the moment are extremely analytical and the degree that I want to go into is going to be the same. For me, reading gives me a much needed breathe of fresh air and let’s me enjoy something that’s a little more creative. It ends up being such a nice contrast for me.
I don’t think that there’s anything that could replace reading in my life. When I go a while without having read, which tends to be during exam season, I do start to feel a little empty and like I’m lacking something in my life. Books have become a second home for me. They’ve helped me grow into the person that I am today, taught me lessons that I’ve carried with and will continue to do. Books have just made my life that little bit brighter.
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