And I know I am not alone. These are experiences that all lifelong readers enjoy in their reading lives. It is also why it is important to make sure our students meet all manner of experiences in the books they read. When the former residents of the back bedroom lost their mother to cancer years ago, they found solace in many things--family, friends, faith--but also in books. We read Captain Underpants and other humorous books enjoying the release form the tensions of the day. From time to time I revisit The Tenth Good Thing About Barney to remember that a treasured pet is now doing important work.
So, I read to lead many lives. I read to find myself. I read to see others more clearly. I read because it connects me to a larger world than the one in which I live.