Welcome to the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. Every day in April (except Sundays), I’ll be sharing a short bookish memory with you.
When I was younger, I didn’t really care about the literary quality of a book. I didn’t pay much attention to structure, themes, symbols, motifs, or writing style. I mostly just read for escapism. If a book made me forget about the real world, I liked the book. Some of the novels I obsessed over when I was younger would probably make college literature professors cringe.
|Did any other 1990s kids read the Countdown series? No? I don’t blame you. If I reread them as an adult, they’d probably give me a brain hemorrhage.|
Stephen King was (and still is) one of my favorite escapist authors. I can read his novels for hours and be so absorbed in them that I don’t notice time passing.
For me, the lure of escapism is strong. When I was 20, I won a poetry contest and had my poem published in The Denver Post newspaper. The paper gave me a bookstore gift card as payment for the poem. I had planned on spending the card on craft books that would make me a better reader and writer, but when I got to the bookstore, I walked right past the pretentious craft books and spent the whole card on Stephen King novels. No regrets.
|Tiny part of my Stephen King shelf. Yes, he gets his own shelf in my house.|
I still read for escapism. Right now, one of my favorite authors is Victoria Schwab. I can’t imagine her books will ever be common assigned reading in schools, but I don’t care. Whenever I want to escape, I reach for her novels. I think escapism is a very valid reason to love a book.
Which books/authors do you read to escape?