Have you ever wished you could do a million different things? Unfortunately, or fortunately, we only have one life to live. Time, money, and skills don’t always allow us to do everything we want.
I once saw a quote, “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” The same rings true for reading. I read not to escape life, but to live it to the fullest. While time and resources force me to choose between the dreams I pursue and the ones I let go, books allow me to travel all those paths and more.
Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to be an editor at an established publishing house. How would it feel to discover the next bestseller? The Story Keeper by Lisa Wingate helped me do just that.
Scotland has long ranked high on my “to-visit” list. I’d be lying if said I didn’t imagine what it might be like meeting a handsome local with a killer smile and dreamy Scottish accent. Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano accomplished that. To make it even better, the hero, James, is a world-renowned chef, which fed the foodie in me and catered to my fairy-tale dream.
What would it be like to be a hero who can kick some major rear end and save the world? What if I could meet a Mossad agent? Or be a spy? Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne and Ronie Kendig’s Rapid-Fire Fiction novels allow me to do all of the above from the safety of my couch.
Regarding my dream of running a B&B, I’ve gone as far as imagining how I would decorate the rooms and what themes I would follow. Thanks to Liz Johnson’s The Red Door Inn, I not only experienced bringing a B&B to life, I also traveled to Prince Edward Island — another location on my “to-visit” list.
When it comes to novels, I can be anyone, do anything, and go anywhere. Books know no bounds. That is one reason why I read.
Why do you read? What books have helped you fulfill some of your dreams?