#Whyiread is trending right now on Twitter*, and I've enjoyed reading the varied responses (not surprisingly, many have to do with escape—from a bad day, where you live, ignorance).
A big reason I was excited to see this hashtag is that I've had a "why I read" quote dog-eared for months, just waiting for a rainy day when I think someone needs reminding about, well, why we all read.
From Curtis Sittenfeld's American Wife, first published in 2008:
Oh, how different my life would have been had I not grown up in the same house with my grandmother, how much narrower and blander! She was the reason I was a reader, and being a reader was what made me most myself; it had given me the gifts of curiosity and and sympathy, an awareness of the world as an odd and vibrant and contradictory place, and it had made me unafraid of its oddness and vibrancy and contradictions.
Why do you read? Tell Twitter—then come back and tell us if you can't explain it in 140 characters or less.
*If you don't have a Twitter page, you can still read people's #whyiread answers here.
If you've got some time to kill online, or you'd like to join an interesting conversation about the impact of books, follow the "books that changed my life" thread on Twitter. (I'd say, at this moment, people are responding via Twitter at a a rate of about 5 tweets a minute.)
All you have to do is click here and read the tweets, all marked with the #booksthatchangedmylife hashtag. (And, if you have a twitter page, tweet your own response!)
Publishers, book bloggers and readers everywhere are getting into it, and answers range from classic novels to reference texts to picture books.
If you're not into tweeting, feel free to leave your answer in the comments right here on The Book Case.
Update: #booksthatchangedmyworld is also a popular topic on Twitter.