As a reader, I've been asked far too many times for me to count, why do I read? Sometimes it's like trying to explain why we breathe and other times I just don't even try to answer it; I sit there and think "well, if you need to ask then you won't understand" and that's usually bad.

I read for enjoyment and I read for escape. 

I've been reading for as long as I can remember but I've got steadily more involved in it since I was about 13 where the books I read helped me to escape from the trials of everyday life. I could have a bad day and I knew that when I came home there would be a book there waiting for me to dive into.

The first "adult" book I read (mind you I was about 10) was Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy and it pretty much opened the way into full length novels. I was given to me by the receptionist at my primary school who thought I'd enjoy them - she was right.  It isn't by any means my favourite as when you consider how many books I own and how many I've read, picking a favourite is HARD.

When I was 16 I branched out into the paranormal romance genre where I've been for the past 10 years, in recent months I've branched out into traditional Sci-Fi and Fantasy books more than the paranormal romance - it's still there and always be in my heart but sometimes I just need a change.

My Goodreads says I've read just short of 1300 books in the 2 years that I've been part of it, most of those are just additions to show that I have read them I just don't remember when. I know that if I've had a particularly bad day I've got a book or two waiting for me to step into the pages and just escape into that particular world.  The first "world" I experienced in large detail was Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunterverse and it has continued to expand as I've grown older and it will always have a special place.

I know that a book is a book. But for me there's a hidden world within those pages just waiting for me to explore and that is why I read. I want the escape and the exploration of imagination and everything that a book can give me that a person can't.  There have been times where I've been unable to discuss what is on my mind but a book gives me the opening to overcome any issues I may be facing.

Why do you read?