Why do you read?
If you're a bookish soul, I have a question for you... Why do you read? I'm coming to some interesting realizations about how unique each reader is, so I'm curious. How would you answer that question?
I'd say I read because I love to disappear into a story - I'm more motivated by escapism than realism. But it is not just story. I also love words themselves and their infinite musical variety. I like to see inside people's heads and understand human nature. And I like stunning, grand, beautiful (even if bittersweet) closure and sense of purpose. I like neat little bows on things that never have neat little bows in real life. And I will also confess that I do read at night before bed because it puts my active mind to sleep like nothing else.
So what about you? Why do you read? What draws you to certain kinds of books?