Pages of Passion: Unveiling Why the Bookstr Team is Head Over Heels for Reading

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In a world bustling with digital distractions and fleeting trends, there remains a timeless allure that captivates the hearts and minds of the Bookstr team: the simple act of reading. Beyond the glossy screens and rapid scrolls, lies a realm where imagination knows no bounds, where stories come alive with every turn of the page. Join us as we embark on a journey to uncover the profound reasons why the Bookstr team holds reading in such high esteem, exploring the magic, the memories, and the sheer joy that this cherished pastime brings into our lives.

From Escapism to Better Cinema

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When I began my reading journey when I was in elementary school, I realized it was a great place to escape the life I had. It wasn’t an overly great environment, so reading let me be a part of a different life/world. As an adult, it’s a great escape from stress and responsibility — if only for a limited time. Now, it’s mostly because I love the movie playing in my head of the book I’m reading than actual movies because I get so much more information than what can be conveyed on the screen.

  • Kristi Eskew, Editorial

Love of Learning Transforms Love of Stories

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Throughout my educational career, my English teachers have always been the most influential and inspiring people. They taught me how fascinating stories can be, from the characters to setting. They were the first ones to give me joy in analyzing texts and understanding why I have my favorite characters. To this day, everything they taught me has continued to influence my love of reading. Sometimes this looks like learning more about history, learning about a new culture, or even learning new vocabulary.

  • Bernardine Landicho, Editorial

Escaping Into Another World

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The reason why I love reading is because it opened so many new worlds and tales for me to explore. I can forget some of my issues, or learn a new topic I’m fascinated in. The possibilities are endless with books.

  • Alison Mah, Social Media

Love of Learning About Unique Worlds

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Ever since I was in elementary school, I have always been reading. I loved to read because I loved to learn about the world around me and to escape everyday life, even for a short time. I would stay up late reading, and whenever my parents wondered where I was, they would assume that I was in my room reading. I love analyzing different characters and their motivations and the plot and themes of the books. Reading has impacted my life in how I view the world around me.

  • Molly Ireland, Outreach

To Enhance a Creative Mind

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I have been a visual person ever since I was a kid. For the longest time I thought that I would need pictures or drawings to help me understand what a person is talking about. There are moments where I have difficulty comprehending someone describing something to me orally. Yet, if I were to pick up a book and read it myself, I’m able to see imagery that I’ve never personally seen before. From a fictional character, to an unrealistic world, to even the decorations and furniture of a living room. For an author to create a whole imaginary scene in your head through the use of words effectively does take skill. But we all see these scenes differently even if we picked up the same book and read it together. That’s what makes it even more fascinating to me.

  • Jaiden Cruz, Graphics

Great Break from the Stress

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Whenever I feel overwhelmed and stressed from the number of university assignments I have, I try to destress by reading light-hearted books or by rereading some of my favorite books that I know will help me feel more relaxed.

  • Mallak Mansour, Graphics

It Clears My Head

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When I became an avid reader, it was during a time in which I was waking up earlier than I’d mean to. Reading became a way to fill up my early mornings when I couldn’t go back to sleep but wasn’t ready to start the day. It helped focus my mind and quiet the noise in my head. Since then, reading also helps sway me to sleep. Instead of getting lost in a bottomless YouTube rabbit hole ‘til 4AM, I can go to bed at a more respectable hour, and close out the night with a more gratifying feeling, too.

  • Gabriela Collazo, Editorial

To Have an Escape

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Reading makes me feel like I am escaping reality and going into other worlds. It is a nice way to relax for me after a long day or after feeling stressed or overwhelmed. It almost feels like I am watching a movie in my head and I love it!

  • Elizabeth Hoyer, Graphics

From Art to Words

When I was very young, I found my love for reading non-fiction books about animals. Then when I started kindergarten, we were forced to read fiction books to cover “Accelerated Reading” standards each week. I remember being so angry, but my mom helped me find books to start with like The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Once I got a taste of the world of imagination and color, I became so inspired that I started to write my own stories. As I grew older, my stories grew longer.

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Then I developed a passion for art, and today I aim to combine the two passions with my own comic and graphic novels. I read for the escape, the creativity, and to marvel at the way other authors weave words together. I read to grow my vocabulary and in my writing. I’ve had a dry spell for about five years now from burnout in my senior year of high school through college. My reading and writing used to be an escape from overwhelming assignments and life in general. Since entering the world of adulthood, I clung to art but my bookish passions fell dormant. This year, I’ve finally reached the mental space to work towards reuniting with the flame that drove my ambitions from the start.

  • Talia Wall, Graphics

Escaping Into a Thousand Lives

Between the worn covers of my favorite books, I find my escape, a haven where reality takes a backseat and adventure takes the wheel. Diving into these stories, I’m not just reading — I’m living a thousand lives, each one a thrilling journey of its own. Whether I’m battling dragons or navigating the complexities of human emotion, these characters feel like old friends, guiding me through the twists and turns of their worlds.

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But it’s not just about the thrill of the plot twists; it’s about the way these stories reflect back parts of myself I never knew existed. Through the highs and lows of these fictional lives, I’m learning about my own strengths and weaknesses, finding solace in the fact that I’m not alone in my struggles. And as I immerse myself in these tales, I’m also gaining a deeper understanding of the people around me, seeing the world through their eyes and finding common ground where I least expect it.

What adds an even deeper layer of magic to this experience is knowing that a small part of the author’s soul stays with me, even if they don’t realize it. It’s a precious gift, one that I’ll never be able to repay them for, but one that I’ll forever cherish as I continue to lose myself in the pages of their creations.

  • Trish G, Editorial

As we bid farewell to this exploration into the love affair between the Bookstr team and reading, one thing becomes abundantly clear: reading is not merely a hobby, but a sanctuary for the soul. It’s a journey of discovery, a portal to infinite worlds, and a lifelong companion that never fails to inspire, comfort, and challenge us. So, whether you’re a seasoned bookworm or just beginning to dip your toes into the vast ocean of literature, remember the words of Marcel Proust: “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” Embrace the magic of reading, for within its pages lies the key to unlocking the wonders of the universe, one story at a time.

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