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An old saying goes, "An hour spent reading is one stolen from paradise”.

I have been reading books since I was five, from picture books to novels, these companions were always there. It’s easy for me to get into a book and tune out the rest of the world. Most books I have read so far have taken me far away to my own special place but some challenge me and make me reconsider things. What I enjoy the most about books are the various perspectives of so many people, their opinions often blend with mine, opening my mind to new ideas, making me more knowledgeable about things I never understood.

“The more we read, the more we will know, the more we learn, the more places we will go.”

This is the thing about books, they let you travel without moving your feet. Today it’s easy to grab our iPods and play music or watch TV over reading literary works but trust me, this classic old habit offers a lot more passion, thrill, and excitement than those tech devices. A booklover never goes to bed alone, there is always a story in his mind because a reader lives a thousand lives, meets a million people even though remaining in his room. For me, a book is a film that takes place in my mind, where I decide the characters' outfits or features and that’s why after watching a movie based on a book my first remark has always been "Oh, the book is better”.

From enhancing my vocabulary or imagination, books have played a key role in my life so far, but that’s not it, that books offer all pleasures let me tell you the pain of a book addict papers are too easily damaged, hardcovers are too heavy to carry and kindle does not smell like books <dramatic sigh>

Anyway, on a serious note, I would say we lose ourselves in books and we find ourselves there too. We read to escape reality or better to survive reality, we read in hope that maybe, one day we’ll find the place where our dreams and reality collide.

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