The idea of picking up a book and being transported to another time, place, or jumping into someone elses life either real or fictional appeals to me. I can live vicariously through all the characters I read about. It's not just fiction I crave, I also read lots of non-fiction. Diet books, spiritual books, cookbooks, biographies, you name it. Right now I am so into reading about Paris and French culture. I guess I will forever have a soft spot for all things French.
I am a firm believer that reading is good for the mind and the soul. The best thing is that I passed my love of reading down to my daughter. How could she not pick it up when the first thing I did when we brought her home from the hospital was read "Guess How Much I Love You" to her.
Our house always has books lying around. I am getting used to the idea of downloading books onto my IPad and reading them that way. I love that I can go to Amazon and buy a book and instantly start reading or check out an ebook from the library through my Overdrive app. Still there is nothing like having an actual book in your hand. I don't think I can give up having those afternoons when I can browse the book shelves of my favorite library.