I like to read books—a lot. If you’ve read any of my previous pieces, then you probably already know that. I love to read books, write them, discuss them, and learn new things about the medium and the way they are created.
I like them so much, in fact, that sometimes I think no one else likes books quite as much as I do.
Each week, when I am deciding which article I am going to write next, I get worried that my editor will read my pitch and tell me I need to stop writing about books. I try my best to make sure that all of my articles are different enough from previous ones to warrant a new piece, but I still worry about it.
What else would I write about if not for books and literature?
I could find other things to write about (and I have in the past) because I don’t spend all of my time reading books. I like to play video games, listen to music, watch television, peruse local farmer’s markets, drink tea and cocktails, and I love to eat Japanese food.
My life doesn’t completely revolve around books, but books are definitely a major part of who I am. I have read, at times excessively, for as long as I can remember. I learned to read pretty early and have continued to read both for work and fun ever since.
I have a collection of books so large that I have resorted to stacking them in piles on the floor of my room because there is no other space for them.
So yeah, it’s true. I read a lot. I remember a time when I could finish four or five books a week while going to school, and I still wished I had the time to read more.
However, I’ve realized that there are not many people out there that like to read as much as I do.
Rather than dwell too much on the fact that my love for reading and for books borders on the obsessive and isn’t shared by many people out there, I like to think about the things I do have in common with everyone.
Everyone is passionate about something, and that activity likely has a profound impact on their life. Whether someone is passionate about watching or playing a sport, sustainable living, video games, fashion, volunteering, playing a musical instrument, trying new types of food, anything at all, it makes me feel like a part of something great.
While not everyone who reads this article will be as excited about reading as I am, I hope they are excited about something else.
We may not all have the same hobbies or aspirations, but do we share something a lot more basic. We are all human and we all have the desire to spend our days in fulfilling or entertaining ways.
You may not understand why I am so passionate about books, and I don’t expect you to. But I do hope that you understand that it is my passion in life. So sometimes I might talk about literature a little too much for someone who doesn’t like to read, but it’s only because I like it.
Even if you don’t like reading as much as I do, I hope we can at least share the knowledge that there are other people out there who are just as passionate as we are, but perhaps about something a little different. Our passions are important to us, and we all express that in different ways.