As I was scrolling through the internet the other day, I came across this quote:
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. Someone who never reads lives only one.” -George R. R. Martin
When you’re an avid reader, you put yourself in someone else’s life every single time you pick up a book. You may be an assassin, a wizard, a Shadowhunter, an everyday average teenager when you’re reading. You can be anything, live any life.
Each time I pick up a book I get a break from reality. I love my life, but it’s nice once in a while to join a beloved character from a favorite novel for a few hours. Maybe work was a little stressful or I’m stuck on one scene in my own novel and I need to press pause. Reading a novel gives me the break my mind so desperately craves.
Re-reading my favorite novels is like visiting old friends I haven’t seen in a while. And I usually experience something new each time I re-read a book. Maybe last time I didn’t understand the antagonist’s motivation for murdering the protagonist’s sister, but this time a little light is shed on him. Maybe he’s not just a ‘bad guy’, maybe there’s more to his character than I realized.
I’m continually intrigued by a story each time I read it. There’s always something new to discover when you step inside a character’s life.
If there was one character who’s life you could trade for a day, who would it be?