Reading the world away

There is something about reading. Lots of us do it here on wordpress, it’s what has brought us together, and I tried to put into words exactly what it is that I love for Perdiz Magazine last week.

Here’s an excerpt from my piece, but head to the beautiful Perdiz (HERE) to read the full article.

“I was sat on my bed reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory when I discovered my mum was moving us in with some strange man that wasn’t my dad. I stared at the fading bobbled butterflies on my duvet cover for a few seconds, and then I turned back to Violet Beauregarde ballooning into a giant blueberry. Her plight in this chocolate fantasy land made more sense to me than anything the real world could offer in that moment.

That’s the thing about books, and certainly about great books, they make sense. They are written to make sense. As for the world around us, that’s anybody’s guess.”

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18 thoughts on “Reading the world away

  1. I wrote about reading recently. And how I don’t do it anymore. Sure I read on WP, I read the paper sometimes, I read emails and articles at work. But the pleasure of sitting down with a good book? That has been eluding me for the last couple of years. I blame tv and the Internet 😋 That excerpt is wonderful.

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    1. Thank you! I think a lot of us have let it go even though we love it, I did myself, but I started to integrate it back in tiny doses… manageable portions of just five minutes or one chapter per evening, and soon I was reading again. As long as you’re not trying to do too much, I think it’s realistic! You should try it!

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  2. I can so relate to this. I read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory whilst life seemed to dissolve and when you are a kid you really don’t understand (do we as adults?!) so the books save you

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      1. I agree. Sometimes the ‘real’ in the world seems like it should be the unreal and the unreal feels more authentic so I totally got what you meant and feel that way all the time.

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  3. Oh Darling YES! Reading is up there on my coping skills list. My go to escape.
    Thank you for putting into words what those of us who read….feel!

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  4. So true●
    Books are a beautiful escape, the best part, at times they end up teaching us Life.

    I love your work .
    Well, I’m just a starter yet, striving my way into the writer world.
    A few poems, a few quotes and short stories.
    Not much, but I would really value your views and would appreciate it if you could view it.
    I think I could use your suggestions.
    My link:
    Aurum Words… – Be Free Be You https://aurumwords.wordpress.com/

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