I'm a bookaholic with no intention of getting into recovery.
I learned to read well at an early age and discovered books could take me away from my troubles. My father had died, we were poor, I had severe, chronic asthma and got teased and bullied in school. Books took me away from all that.
They also opened up new worlds to me. I learned a lot about another culture and another time in history from the Heidi series and The Little House in the Big Woods. Those were some of the first "big kid books" I owned.
And that made me aware that I could explore the world and learn a lot by reading fiction and non-fiction.
Books have helped me understand other people and both the fiction and non-fiction ones I've read have enriched my life in more ways than I can explain.
Years ago I wrote this poem which tells why I love to read. (Feel free to share it as long as you give me credit.)
Janet Ann Collins
In the library I look and look
Until I choose one special book.
I open the book and there I see
A world of wonders waiting for me.
I read the book and then I find
All of those wonders are now in my mind.