Tell Me: Why Do You Read?

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Thank you, everyone, for sharing a bit about why you read. I’m glad to learn a bit more about you and I’m so grateful that we’ve found each other! Readaholics Unite!

As I said in the News Flash, it’s the middle of summer, the days are long, and I get the feeling some of us need a little pick-me-up.

Dog On Hot Summer Day

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Quick Thrills Giveaway

Two lucky readers will receive an autographed paperback copy of one of my books.

Simply to THANK YOU for being the Best Readers In The World.
I literally couldn’t do this without you and wouldn’t even try.
We’ll hold a random drawing.

To enter, simply comment below and tell me why you like to read!
There’s no wrong answer — I just want to get to know you a bit better so I can focus on giving you more of what you want and less of what you don’t want.

So tell me: why do you like to read?

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156 Responses to Tell Me: Why Do You Read?

  1. Sherri July 23, 2014 at 9:04 pm #

    Have always loved to read. It’ entertaining, education and also inexpensive.

    • Loretta July 24, 2014 at 4:46 pm #

      I love to read because I meet interesting people and visit interesting places,

  2. Tonya Schenck July 23, 2014 at 9:04 pm #

    I have a hard time sleeping. Reading helps me relax and occupy my mind so that I can fall asleep. I love to lose myself in a story.

  3. Ann in Cali July 23, 2014 at 9:07 pm #

    Reading has always allowed me to visit other worlds beyond my own life.

  4. DAnn Campbell July 23, 2014 at 9:07 pm #

    I like to escape and dream. It changes my mood and gets me thinking about something else than work and family.

  5. Connie Williamson July 23, 2014 at 9:07 pm #

    I read to enter another world. To escape, to live bigger.

  6. Lisa July 23, 2014 at 9:07 pm #

    I enjoy immersing myself in different lives with exciting characters … it’s the best way to spend a rainy day!

  7. Janice Hougland July 23, 2014 at 9:08 pm #

    I love to read because it is my relaxation, my sleeping pill and my staycation (the ol’ budget doesn’t stretch far enough to cover vacations away). I love to read romances because it is something positive in today’s negative world of news. And my fave romances are with suspense or intrigue. Makes my reading doubly exciting! Thanks for asking, Diane1

  8. Hank Florek July 23, 2014 at 9:08 pm #

    I love reading as an escape and relaxation therapy. While reading, I can be anything I want to be.

  9. linda q July 23, 2014 at 9:12 pm #

    I’ve always loved to read and immerse myself in a story – it’s relaxing and a great way to unwind.

  10. Ava Curtis July 23, 2014 at 9:14 pm #

    I have been a reader ever since I first learned to read. I am teaching my grandkids like I taught my children the love of books. I also take books with me when I go to chemo so I can get through my chemo with ease. I love books all the places I can go and never leave my chair to go. Thank You

  11. Dean Young July 23, 2014 at 9:14 pm #

    I love to read to travel where I have never been, to times, in the past, present or future, and to escape my daily stress.

  12. Ruth Crawford July 23, 2014 at 9:19 pm #

    I love to read because it takes me away from my life. I have a wonderful life, but I love to dream big, and reading different kinds of books lets me fly into other worlds. Romance, intrigue, mystery, suspense, any combination of these make me happy. Some authors I follow completely, because they just give such a great read. I grew up reading, and I suppose I’ll go out the same way, with a book in my hand. Or at least a dozen on my Kindle, waiting to be read.

  13. Tina M July 23, 2014 at 9:19 pm #

    I love to read because it takes me away from every thing that is happening around me and I get to visit other places that I’ve never been to. It also relaxes me.

  14. Mallory Anne-Marie Forbes July 23, 2014 at 9:21 pm #

    Reading is like a function of my autonomic system, like breathing. Without reading, I couldn’t live, truly. I can’t remember a time Before Reading–and I’m almost 62.:)

  15. Liz Cook July 23, 2014 at 9:21 pm #

    I love to have the escape and maybe learn something

  16. Colleen C. July 23, 2014 at 9:22 pm #

    For the escape… the adventure!

  17. Melissa Hartley July 23, 2014 at 9:25 pm #

    I read to escape reality! When I am having a stressful day I love to read a good book to take me away from everything if only for a little while 🙂

  18. Anita the Bad Kitteh July 23, 2014 at 9:27 pm #

    Reading is the ultimate escape. I read the entire local Library series of Dana Girls, Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys over the summer between second and third grade. The addiction has not wained. Bless you Diane and all my other favorite authors for taking me to places that have become a part of my life.

    Being a Reacher Creature and a Capri fan, the search for Jack has been the most delightful series of all time.

    Love it love it love it!!!!!!

  19. Caroline Stuckey July 23, 2014 at 9:28 pm #

    Reading gives me an avenue of escape from stresses in business. Just a few moments reading during a busy day help me reset and regain focus. Reading keeps me sane. 🙂

  20. sandy haber July 23, 2014 at 9:28 pm #

    I have been reading since age 3 — the only time I think I stopped reading was when I was in college and didn’t have time to read more than what was required! I find it’s a great way to take the edge off the day — even if it’s in the middle of the day!! And then I became a librarian when I ‘grew up’ — interesting books come across my desk every day and I can’t read them all!!!!!!!!!

  21. Debra Hall July 23, 2014 at 9:28 pm #

    i love to read because it takes me to far away places and other parts of the world

  22. YvonneJ July 23, 2014 at 9:28 pm #

    I read for entertainment. I’d much rather read than watch television….I get to do all of the casting! Since I work in a library I also read so I can recommend.

  23. Jane Cook July 23, 2014 at 9:31 pm #

    Reading allows me to go where I have not yet been, learn what I do not yet know, be who I have not yet been, and live lives I may never have.

  24. Marjorie Roy July 23, 2014 at 9:31 pm #

    I have always loved to read. Because it takes to another space and it makes me happy.
    It gives my time to myself, peace and a book, what more do you need.

  25. Ellie Ann July 23, 2014 at 9:32 pm #

    I love your books!
    I also love science fiction.

  26. Theresa Hurley July 23, 2014 at 9:32 pm #

    Reading takes me to another world-something better than my world. I can forget my troubles for a few hours. It also uses up the long hours spent waiting in doctor’s offices. I always have something to read in my purse just in case.

  27. Julia M Abercrombie July 23, 2014 at 9:34 pm #

    I live for my books. I started reading early in my life. My dad taught me how to read huge
    tomes of Philosophy, Fiction, etc.The best part of his teachings started with Scrabble, there was no room in our home for Scrabble Jr, he said that version of Scrabble only confused me. I would play the Jr version with my sisters only really pissed me off and I’d run to my dad begging for just one game.

    He had an amazing collection of the finest of Psychology, Philosophy, and of course the best in Fiction.
    I never had an empty .hand. I read all the time. I would speed read what the Nuns at my parochial school were teaching so that I could complete my homework assignments leaving me more time to read the books I loved. One of my favorite Nuns, Sister Mary Agnes, she was a peach, she would suggest and then expected a well written book report.

    To this day, when I open a new book, I’d say a prayer of love for those people who opened the doors of the joy of reading, it was and still is the best gift anyone could give me.

    When I am asked what I want for my birthday, books are always at the top of my list.

    Why do I love to read? Because books take me beyond my worries, and I love to read to keep my learning juices flowing.

  28. Sandra July 23, 2014 at 9:35 pm #

    Reading takes me places that I`’ve never been and inside the minds of various characters good and bad. It’s quite stimulating to say the least.

  29. susan beamon July 23, 2014 at 9:41 pm #

    I can’t not read. I’ve tried and that was such a failure I never want to try again. I have a book in my car. I have a book in my purse. I have a book in the bathroom. I carry an extra book whenever I travel just in case I finish the one in the car and the one in my purse. When I was working, I had two or three books in my locker. I have left clothes in the wash machine and food on the range because I’ve hit an exciting part of the story. I even read during commercials when I’m watching TV. Books are my crack. Reading is my addiction.

  30. Carol Smith July 23, 2014 at 9:42 pm #

    I love to read as I can visit & explore places that otherwise I would not see. I also love to meet the various characters and explore the many type of occupations that employ the various characters. I like to meet the authors and get to know them through their stories.
    Reading keeps me mentally and emotional in shape!!!

  31. Mary Jane S. Vozel July 23, 2014 at 9:46 pm #

    I have read ever since I can remember. I love escaping the real world and putting my self into the characters parts. I get lost in the storyline and don’t want bothered by anything or anybody.

  32. LindaF in NC July 23, 2014 at 9:46 pm #

    I love to read because it is an addiction that isn’t illegal. I am compulsive about reading and when I am denied this pleasure I become hostile. Before any trip I used to have to calculate how many books I’d need for the time spent away and the two several more books just to be sure. Suitcase space was allotted to books first and to clothes second… After all, I could always pick up clothes on the road, but picking up pleasurable books couldn’t be found on every corner. Thank heavens today’s world has ebooks and you can download almost anywhere except on the airplane in flight. I do get frustrated when my favorite authors don’t write and edit fast enough.

  33. Lesa Neace July 23, 2014 at 9:51 pm #

    It’s a way to live other lives, see things through new eyes and an escape from the everyday.

  34. Don Hoffman July 23, 2014 at 9:51 pm #

    I have enjoyed reading for almost sixty years. I find that most of my spare time now is spent reading. I also use the books I enjoy as teaching aids in the Transitions class I teach for ESL students preparing for the GED classes. Exposure to reading and writing about what you read helps them to become more conversant in English and better prepare them for the academic environment. I personally enjoy your books because of the depth of characterization and their relationship to the reader’s life experiences. You are well versed in your craft and every story is well worth the time I invest in it.

  35. Sharlene July 23, 2014 at 9:51 pm #

    Reading is an escape, a diversion, a means of procrastination, a search for knowledge, and a source of relaxation.

  36. Nancy Ann Gazo July 23, 2014 at 9:52 pm #

    I started reading at the age of two years old – mostly because my mother read to me a lot. There were few children for me to hang around with in the neighborhood…

    This led to a lifelong obsession with books! With them, I can go to whole other worlds – and meet the most interesting characters.

    What’s not to love?

  37. Kai W. July 23, 2014 at 9:54 pm #

    Reading is the only way I can learn about things. It also allows me to escape reality for just an hour or so to regain my bearing.

  38. Allen Lewis July 23, 2014 at 9:58 pm #

    Reading expands the mind and takes you to places you would probably never get to in your “real” life. You can learn many wonderful things and enjoy worlds of beauty, adventure and romance. And, yes, if you must you can pick up new skills to boost your career. But I like the escapist part much, much better!

    Biography’s help you meet fascinating people and see what makes them tick. What’s NOT to like about reading?

  39. Terry P July 23, 2014 at 10:03 pm #

    I love to read because books take me places I’ll probably never get to. Even here in the US. Some people travel a lot, but I don’t. So read, read read! And besides that I love the mysteries and how they are solved. Fascinating to me.

  40. Jan Mallett July 23, 2014 at 10:04 pm #

    Reading just makes me feel good.

  41. jennifer beck July 23, 2014 at 10:07 pm #

    I love to read because you can go anywhere in a book!!!

  42. Sharilyn July 23, 2014 at 10:11 pm #

    I love to read because it allows me to “escape”.

  43. Deb Diem July 23, 2014 at 10:13 pm #

    I’ve always enjoyed reading…all the way back to those Little Golden Books. Now I’m disabled, can’t do a lot of things I use to do, but lucky me, I can still read.

  44. Jo Ann July 23, 2014 at 10:16 pm #

    I have read even before kindergarten. It is a place for only me and the book, a type of “secret hide away” from everything. Educational, inspiring, experience, etc. I am always with a book

  45. Marcia Berbeza July 23, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    I’ve always loved reading, it allows my imagination full rein. As I get older, my world is getting smaller. It hurts to sit too long, so I don’t travel much. My allergies have taken over and for a good 8-9 months a year, I have to wear a mask when I’m outdoors. My eyesight is failing, and my joints are locking up. But when I read? I can go anywhere and do anything. I can live in exotic locations and be as adventurous as my spirit pleases. TV and computers can take me just so far, reading does the rest. 😉

  46. Shirley Cochran July 23, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    I read to go places I never would and meet people I never can but would probably like to.

  47. Patty Varesio July 23, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    I love to read because it’s fun, & exciting to get lost in mystery & intrigue. To try to solve the case. Obviously murder mysteries are my fav & I’ve read hundreds over my lifetime. I’ll continue to read the rest of my life as many books (ebooks or paper) as I can. I also love reading classics, Christian books, novels of any kind… many books, so little time!!

  48. jim cooper July 23, 2014 at 10:21 pm #

    i have been a reader since a small boy which was many years ago. if you miss something you can go back and look it up. its enjoyable and you can see what is happening in your mind.

  49. Barbara Tobey July 23, 2014 at 10:31 pm #

    I read to be entertained. Better exercise for the brain than watching television. Always preferred sedentary activities. Also like solitary activities.

  50. Tamera McIntosh July 23, 2014 at 10:39 pm #

    Reading has always gave me the entertainment and knowledge, Place people and yeah just makes me happy.

  51. Cheryl English July 23, 2014 at 10:40 pm #

    I read because stories take me to places that I may never get to go unless the author takes me there.

  52. Jamo Smith July 23, 2014 at 10:41 pm #

    Reading is a magnificent escape mechanism. For me, it allows for the possibility of being any character I choose, anytime it choose. Reading expands my imagination allowing me to become more and better at being me.

  53. Bonnie Hilligoss July 23, 2014 at 10:42 pm #

    I’ve been reading for as long as I can remember. It’s so much fun to read about other worlds, different cultures, solving mysteries, romances, scary stories, vampires and shifters, whatever you feel like at the moment. I usually have 2 or 3 going at the same time in different genres, so as not to get them confused and I ALWAYS carry a paperback or ereader with me. You never know when you will be stuck somewhere and have a few minutes to read. Books are my one vice!!

  54. Toni Whitmire July 23, 2014 at 10:48 pm #

    I like to read to relax from the stress of life and I love to read and escape.

  55. Lyn Jansen July 23, 2014 at 10:50 pm #

    I’ve read since grade school. Use to get awards for reading the most. An escape for me, and adventure, to be someone else, be somewhere else, live another life, another time. Now with health issues, takes my mind off my troubles. love your books and your writing!

  56. Diane G July 23, 2014 at 10:59 pm #

    When I was growing up my dad (who raised 5 kids on his own) always had a book in his hand when he settled down to rest after work or whatever that day had brought. I thought that’s how it was supposed to be. When I was older we used to swap bags of books with each other. We’d go to yard sales, thrift stores, book stores… it was nice to spend time with him sharing our love of reading. I really miss him now. I still read tons but now I donate my print books to my Uncle’s Seattle neighborhood Little Free Library. I love the adventure and mystery, fantasy and paranormal, romance and thrillers. I really read most everything. Especially since I got my Kindle and joined Goodreads. It has really opened up the genres for me. My dad would have loved this! Thanks Dad for giving me this gift. Thanks Diane for sharing your talent with us. Lovely memories 🙂

  57. Pam July 23, 2014 at 10:59 pm #

    Reading is exciting!

  58. Lynn Rettig July 23, 2014 at 11:00 pm #

    I read because I can’t even imagine a world where I don’t read!! I’ve been reading since before I went to kindergarten (Thank you, Gramma!!), and I don’t foresee stopping now.

    Quite frankly, they’ll have to prise a book out of my dead hands!!



  59. Carolyn Blumenthal July 23, 2014 at 11:02 pm #

    I love to read because it makes all my problems seem to disappear for a while. I am transported into another world.

  60. Phil Johnson July 23, 2014 at 11:03 pm #

    I am a retired teache who always loved books and spent 34 years trying to help others acquire that same attachment to books and reading. Today I continue that love of reading with lots of free time to explore a variety of worlds within books.

  61. Leslie July 23, 2014 at 11:05 pm #

    I started reading from a young age. I’m not sure why I started, perhaps it was the influence of my mom (a teacher). But as I grew older, I like escaping from the every day life and was transported to another world, where the only limitation was my imagination!

    I am thankful to all the wonderful writers out there that have a dream, put it on paper and then put it out there for us to read!

  62. Judy Van Ryn July 23, 2014 at 11:12 pm #

    I enjoy reading very much and ead about 20 books a month. I let myself become a part of the book and the characters amd forget everything else. I have arthritis and fibro and it really helps to ignore the pain. Thanks for your wonderful novels.

  63. Leslie July 23, 2014 at 11:13 pm #

    I have been reading since I was four years old. The first book I can remember reading was “The Talisman”. Books have always been my escape, my time to relax, and my greatest pleasure. I currently read around 200 books a year, but I’ve read as many as 400 in one year. I love to read, I can always go back and re-read my favorites, I’ve read one about 50 times over the last 38 years. I read it all, horror, fantasy, mystery, romance, paranormal, westerns… If I can get it, I read it.

  64. Sharon DiPrima July 23, 2014 at 11:18 pm #

    I read most of the time for relaxation but I also love to exercise my mind and I enjoy a good mystery and trying to figure out who done it. I used to belong to a book club but found most of the books that were chosen to be depressing so I had to stop as that took all the fun of reading out of my reading and relaxation time.

  65. Michael E. Welch July 23, 2014 at 11:18 pm #

    I had a difficult time learning to read in the 1st Grade, but my parents were excellent readers aloud and taught us to enjoy books, so when I finally learned to read I “took off like a shot!” By the time I left Grade School, I had read all the SF books in the children’s section of the library and had gotten special permission to move into the adult section and had read most of that, too. Now, as I read, I get a nice bright “color moving picture” in my mind of the story action. I have read thousands of books and there is NO circumstances that cannot be improved by having a “good book” at hand. I never get bored, as I have a Kindle app on my IPAD and hundreds of waiting books to “take me away” to distant lands of the mind and into all sorts of wonderful times, places and circumstances. Thank-you, Diane Capri, for your on-going contribution as one of those “with just the right touch” to “take us far, far away!”

  66. Harold July 23, 2014 at 11:20 pm #

    Pure escapism. I read every night for several hours. I enjoy mystery, mayhem, and reading about how 99% of the bad guys get what’s coming to them.

  67. Glenda July 23, 2014 at 11:21 pm #

    You can read just about anywhere, anytime especially with today’s technology. Reading is a great way to relax, escape and pass the time. 🙂

  68. Pat July 23, 2014 at 11:21 pm #

    I was in the 4th grade and was reading at 1st grade level and hated reading. My 4th grade teacher had me bring her a report every Monday on the Sunday funnies and she brought me Sgt. Rock comic books that I had to do a book report on. I soon started reading Big Little paperback books she gave me and have been a voracious reader every since. I love reading and it’s been 57 years since I was in the 4th grade.

  69. Dianna July 23, 2014 at 11:22 pm #

    I love to read because of many reasons. I love the gain in knowledge and the escape from every day life. I enjoy the peacefulness I get when reading and the diversity it allows me to explore.

  70. John Townsend July 23, 2014 at 11:27 pm #

    I read because for yeas I didn’t have time – now that I am retired – I have all the time in the world – When I am not busy with those Honey Do Lists. I have every Jack Reacher book and because of the laag for new books, I read them over again. I am on my third time through and it has not lost any intrigued or mystery , even though I know the outcome. Still exciting. Keep them coming.

  71. Vicki Hancock July 23, 2014 at 11:27 pm #

    I am disabled so reading is my life. I can’t afford to travel but can go anywhere by opening up a book. I live a life I can’t live myself. My kindle is my life, literally!

  72. GladysMP July 23, 2014 at 11:47 pm #

    Reading is educational and above all fun.

  73. bn100 July 23, 2014 at 11:47 pm #

    because it’s enjoyable

  74. Hillel Kaminsky July 23, 2014 at 11:48 pm #

    As a child I read purely for the story. One of my earliest memories (going back about 45 years or so) is reading under the covers with my flashlight b/c I couldn’t wait until morning to find out what happened next.

    As an adult I read about 3 books a week of a variety of subjects. I’d say that I read primarily to expose my mind to new possibilities, concerns, ideas and perspectives.

  75. Sandy Smith July 23, 2014 at 11:48 pm #

    I have always loved to read. As a child reading introduced me to so many wonderful and not so wonderful people, because all I ever wanted to read were biographies. I still have a visit to the Hawaiian island of Molokai, the leper colony, because of Father Damien’s story on my bucket list. When I grew older I developed a taste for mystery, murder and mayhem that drives my husband nuts because those are the shows I must watch also. I am never without a book and then I am never, ever bored.

  76. Julia July 23, 2014 at 11:49 pm #

    When I was younger I use to speed read. Now I read for relaxation. I imagine the characters, the weather, the area. Sometimes I can see myself in some of your characters. They seem so real. Not so much of an escape just sheer enjoyment. And it has to be a fiction wih mystery and suspense and thrilling, sad, happy, romantic too. Thank you for what you do.

  77. Rachael B. July 24, 2014 at 12:14 am #

    I love to read because it is the best way to relax and unwind. Reading is very addictive!

  78. Janet B. July 24, 2014 at 12:24 am #

    The same reason I like to breathe. Reading takes a world that makes no sense and supplies reason and purpose to everything. Reading and writing sustain me.

  79. Jamie McCauley July 24, 2014 at 12:33 am #

    My mother was an avid reader and passed that joy onto me at an early age reading to me until I could read on my own. I have a tattoo that says “so many books, so little time”. I think I would die if I couldn’t read.

  80. Don Derr July 24, 2014 at 12:35 am #

    I like to read because reading takes me to time & palaces I could never be on my own. I can really get lost in a story.
    Keep bringing us your great reading pleasure.

  81. Barbara Hawk July 24, 2014 at 1:18 am #

    It seem I have always loved to read. I like to read now as a way to unwind. I can travel and enjoy the adventures of the characters.

  82. Leeza Stetson July 24, 2014 at 1:46 am #

    Reading takes me to another world. I get to experience things my real life would never permit, for one reason or another. I can escape whatever demands that real life makes; I can meet new people, learn new things, reach for the stars if I like. Reading has the power to take me around the world, around the universe, to bring me into lives and situations I not only couldn’t be a part of, but often to situations I wouldn’t want to be a part of, but I love to read about them. Reading is that great escape we all dream of, at least from time to time. Now, if I only had more time to spend reading.

  83. Bobbi Kinion July 24, 2014 at 2:14 am #

    I read because it allows me to leave the real world and enter into a whole new place for a few hours a day. If the book is done right I feel as though I am traveling to this whole new place in my mind. I’m able to escape my troubles when I’m reading even if it is only for a little while.

  84. Daphne Mcgehee July 24, 2014 at 2:21 am #

    I have loved to read since I was little. Reading transports me to places I will never see in person. It lifts me and frees my soul to fly.

  85. Patricia July 24, 2014 at 2:32 am #

    Reading is entertaining, informative, and relaxing. It can also be exciting and/or uplifting. Readers can go to real or imagined places that otherwise would be impossible to visit. Sometimes reading is educational. At other times, reading provides an escape from the everyday world. Why wouldn’t one want to read?
    These are merely my reasons for grabbing a book and diving into the world held within its pages.
    (By the way, I also read cereal boxes and labels…or most anything with words that demand to be read.)

  86. Margaret Phillips July 24, 2014 at 2:42 am #

    Where to begin? A family friend gave me the entire collection of Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys when I was about 10. Page after page, I fell in love with wonderful stories. My parents always had a library book and read to relax before turning out the light on their nightstand. I love mystery most of all, but enjoy a wide selection of medical updates for hand therapy and other occupational therapy treatments, travel, history, biographies, and dog stories rate very high on my list. I have finally learned that “page turners” can be enjoyed on my Kindle Fire or i-pad without using my right thumb and fingers from left to right. I read about 2-5 audio books a week a well due to access from our public library and am thankful for my tax dollars to support our wonderful library system. Audio can be enjoyed while I clean house, shop for groceries, do home and yard chores. However, when I am with my birds- cockatiels and parrots, they like to chew the earphone wire, so they get my full attention. Thank you for writing such creative stories that help balance my busy life with good conquering bad.

  87. Chris fallows July 24, 2014 at 3:12 am #

    Reading is the best way to escape reality,I love to disappear into anther place.Movies are ok,but it’s not the same as visualising places and people in your own head.

  88. Linda July 24, 2014 at 3:29 am #

    I love to read, just to get some fluff, HEA and action in my life. It´s (TG) not likely I´ll ever get targeted by a serial killer, or a vampire hunter etc. This is my chance to read suspense, action and still know that it´ll end in a HEA =)
    Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Thursday!

  89. Brooke Bumgardner July 24, 2014 at 3:43 am #

    I have liked to read since I started doing it in kindergarten. Reading is an escape for me, one of life’s purest joys. It allows me to escape into a world I would otherwise not know. It just makes me happy!

    brooke811 at ymail dot com

  90. Irene Dodd July 24, 2014 at 4:44 am #

    nothing beats boredom like an exciting book

  91. Maggie Milsop July 24, 2014 at 4:59 am #

    Like a lot of your readers – I started reading from an early age, my grandfather taught me the love of books I have now – he always said “if you have a book – you have a friend” – a wise man!!

    I find it allows me to use ‘the little grey cells’ and try to figure out what the answer is before I get to reveal.

    In the time before ereaders – I always had a booke in every room and one in my handbag. My husband could not understand how I was able to follow all the plots at the same time. Now my ereader (a present from the husdband (I think he was getting fed up with books everywhere) is my constant companion.

    So long as I can read – I am content.

  92. Sandyg265 July 24, 2014 at 5:22 am #

    Reading is an escape from everyday life.

  93. Linda Olsen July 24, 2014 at 5:28 am #

    Reading has always allowed me to escape into a world of adventure (and sometimes romance). I’m an introvert, so I read instead of (as my father used to say) going out to play with the other kids. Thank you for such great entertainment.

  94. Roger Hickman July 24, 2014 at 6:19 am #

    Escapism, excitement and thrills. Helps me relax and stimulates my mind.

    I have memory problems, can’t remember important things, dates and names in particular. But it does mean I can read a good book more than once.

  95. jerry July 24, 2014 at 7:44 am #

    Unlike the visual media, reading allows my imaginative juices to flow. By way of the author’s description and my imagination, together, we create some very interesting scenes. Places and scenarios which at times may be unique only to me.

    Furthermore, there is a vastly greater selection of material to read than there is to watch, and it can be done almost anywhere without interrupting ones neighbors. When I’m not reading I’m working crossword puzzles.


  96. Karen July 24, 2014 at 7:58 am #

    I love the adventures and the places I can travel to while never leaving home or spending a lot of money. Rainy days are the best but I don’t wait for them. I read at breakfast, lunch and dinner if I am eating alone. My favorite time is reading myself to sleep every night. It’s better than a sleeping pill. Everyone should read! There’s nothing like it. With all the books in the world, there’s something out there for everyone.

  97. Susan P July 24, 2014 at 8:05 am #

    Reading is relaxing and sometimes absolutely thrilling. Day to day work and chores and routine can be less than thrilling, so I use reading to escape and dream. Something just for me.

  98. Anne July 24, 2014 at 8:16 am #

    It’s something that can be done almost anywhere (are there water proof ereaders yet?) and keeps me from being bored.

  99. Karen G July 24, 2014 at 8:19 am #

    I have always loved reading–allows me to live vicariously, escape and discover a new world. Best getaway ever!! Thanks for helping me in my quest 🙂

  100. judy July 24, 2014 at 8:41 am #

    Love to get away from every day life and see what how the other people live and to see other county
    that I would not see at all. Love to hear about the other states, too. The mountains and the lakes. I just love to read.

  101. Anita Yancey July 24, 2014 at 8:44 am #

    I like to read because it helps to take me away from my boring every day life. For me it is also addictive, once I start reading I don’t want to stop. Then when I do stop I can’t wait to get back to my book.

  102. Lynne B Graham July 24, 2014 at 8:46 am #

    To read is to live a life of mystery, intrigue, thrills and love, without leaving home.
    To read is to lose yourself in a story so much you still feel the emotions even after you close the book.
    I love a story that captures your interest from the first page, so much that you say to yourself, just one more page, which usually turns into another and another. To read is to escape.

  103. angela parrish July 24, 2014 at 8:56 am #

    i started reading due to a contest back in school. then I read to escape all the joy of having parents that nag constantly. Now reading is just a thing that I enjoy doing.

  104. Pam DeLong July 24, 2014 at 9:05 am #

    I love to read! It can be relaxing, but also thrilling, exciting, satisfying, and moving. It transports you into another time and place! It’s an adventure. It is a lovely reward. I read because I love to and look forward to relaxing with a good book!

  105. Nancy July 24, 2014 at 9:06 am #

    To enjoy the last hours of my day.

  106. Ali Dent July 24, 2014 at 9:10 am #

    Of course I love to read because it’s entertaining. However, I also like to read because it makes me more than I would be otherwise. It’s obvious how nonfiction builds up a person. I think fiction does, too. Heroes model heroism to us and we become more courageous. Villains show us what not to do and we become wiser for it.

    That probably sounds weird but it’s how I feel about reading:) Thanks for sponsoring a give way and for spending so much time and work to entertain us.

  107. Michelle Glover July 24, 2014 at 9:13 am #

    I’ve been reading since I was in grade school. My mom was always reading and taught me that reading was fun.
    Since I’ve learned that it’s not only fun but can be educational too without you even knowing it. I also found it to be relaxing and just very enjoyable.
    Really hard to explain why other than that I just like it. Am thankful for authors such as you for the good books that it read.

  108. Winnie Ash July 24, 2014 at 9:24 am #

    Reading a novel is living another life.
    Starting with the Bobbsey Twins, I’ve lived with the Hardy Boys, the Lone Ranger, thousands of adventure stories, and now with the hundreds of good authors (yourself included) writing today.
    And, the best part of it all, the supply of good stories keeps growing. At the moment I have a big pile of “must-reads” piled up next to me.

  109. Snarky Mom Michelle July 24, 2014 at 9:30 am #

    I’m a “by the numbers” type of gal. I have 5 “elders” (parents, grandparents) with health issues that I am “responsible” for… 4 volunteer positions… 3 sons… 2 dogs… and 1 part-time (traveling) husband. Reading is MY “me time”. When I read, those characters are twinagers complaining because their internet is lagging… none of them need taken to the hospital… none of them are calling me asking me if I can do just “one more thing” for xyz group… Well, you get the idea. It’s an escape, pure and simple. And if I say I have to got o the bathroom an awful lot during the day, I resent the implication that I’m just in there hiding while I read! [looking around innocently]

  110. Lisa Capehart July 24, 2014 at 10:06 am #

    I love reading! I discover new worlds, meet fascinating characters, solve mysteries, gain knowledge I otherwise might not have…It’s kind of like exploring, without limits. You can go where you want, WHEN you want, and you don’t have to plan and pack! Lol!

  111. sherry fundin July 24, 2014 at 10:32 am #

    I have always been a reader. I can travel to places and do things I would never be able to do otherwise, whether it is in reality or a fantasy. How else could I catch a serial killer or cross through a portal to another dimension, or meet a vampire……? ^_^ Thanks for the opportunity to win a book I can hold in my hand and add to my collection.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  112. Linda Goebel July 24, 2014 at 10:35 am #

    Like many of the responses, I read as an escape of the day-to-day demands of a challenging life raising a 6 year old special needs granddaughter who is on the spectrum along with many other issues. Raising such a child is extremely demanding leaving very little time for ones’ self. It places one in a very limited and isolated lifestyle. Through reading I can transport myself somewhere else, have a “life”, see new things, laugh, and become involved in exciting adventures. I guess it sounds twisted to have a fantasy life through the voyeurism provided in a great story line….but it works for me. I like to think it keeps me on the right side of sanity (most times) and allows me to remain calm in a chaotic atmosphere which allows me to work endlessly trying to make Lily’s life be the best it can be.

    I wish you could write more quickly, Diane! Your books give the best of all escape. I read them the day they come out. I am dying to see Willa come forth again. I liked the way she comes forth here and there in other books. Now she is my kind of gal.

  113. DIANE TINNES July 24, 2014 at 10:46 am #

    Reading takes me to another world, teaches me about other ways of thinking & seeing life, entertains me.

  114. Marsha Thalleen July 24, 2014 at 11:01 am #

    I like to read because it takes me to places and events I wouldn’t even have imagined. I am always amazed that authors see the big picture and turn it into entertainment. Although I also like movies, TV is not really my thing. Takes up too much reading time…..

  115. Carol July 24, 2014 at 11:31 am #

    I have always had a voracious need to read. when I am out of reading material I am doomed to read the wrappers on the toilet paper!
    I have read your series, and then reread. As a widow I have my books for comfort.
    keep them coming! thank you

  116. james kiely July 24, 2014 at 11:36 am #

    I like to read cos I like to get into character with whatever I’m reading I immerse myself in the story and I imagine I’m there with the characters just like a very vivid dream! Neagley otto and gaspar would never have got out of texas without me watching their backs!

  117. Robbie B July 24, 2014 at 11:38 am #

    A book takes me to a place I have never been and will probably never go to. My historical books teach me about the past and my paranormal books teach me about what a creative mind can come up with.

    Thanks to all the authors who write all these great books.

  118. Trix July 24, 2014 at 11:52 am #

    I’ve been a voracious reader my whole life, so the question for me is “why WOULDN’T I read?” I love researching topics that interest me, and it’s definitely been a form of escape, too…

  119. peggy C. July 24, 2014 at 11:53 am #

    I like to read as in the early 1990’s I became severly disabled with a nerve disease that is thru my entire body. So I started to read more and then I have met a lot of great people after posting reviews and doing ARC’s and things of the sort. So for me it is a great time and fills in empty time when my husband is gone and my family is in Calif and I am here in Iowa. I do have my chiwauwaus that keep me busy but they are lap dogs so they sit on me as I read no matter on the chair or wheel chair and the book is taking me to places that are places I can be and still sit with them!

  120. Dick bolivar July 24, 2014 at 12:07 pm #

    I read to be trilled, pretend to be someone else and to get away.

  121. Diana Vassiliades July 24, 2014 at 12:24 pm #

    I read because it transports me to anywhere in the universe, fiction and non-fiction, entertainment, learning… Life is so enriched by reading! Always loved it, will until I die.

  122. Dan Duffy July 24, 2014 at 1:08 pm #

    Have loved reading since I was a child. Never grew tired of it.

  123. Jerry Borge July 24, 2014 at 1:16 pm #

    My mother got me hooked at a very early age with the Uncle Wiggly series. Still enjoy reading at 70+ years old.

  124. Pat Welte July 24, 2014 at 1:40 pm #

    I love to read for many diverse reasons. I enjoy reading and with mysteries to see if I can figure out the ending for myself, fantasy to live in another life, sci-fi to experience others ideas. It also allows me to get away from stressful moments. Non-fiction for knowledge and information. I read everyday, for enjoyment. There are only a few days I have not read since I started reading and I have to be really ill to not read. It’s interesting to see others view points in life whether it is in fiction or non-fiction.
    I started reading at age 4 and still enjoy it at age 70.

  125. Laura Davis July 24, 2014 at 2:03 pm #

    While i was working, I never had time to read for pleasure but now that I am retired I truly enjoy it. I especially like the Jack Reacher series and have read all of them. They are so exciting and you really get to know Jack

  126. Angela Pierce July 24, 2014 at 2:04 pm #

    I love to read for several reasons but I think that the top reason is that it allows me to be a constant learner. Regardless of the types of books that I read I learn something from each one. Also books allow me to travel to places that I may never be able to go to as well as give me insight to places that I have been fortunate enough to visit. Finally, it has introduced me to places that I plan to visit that perhaps I never would have thought about visiting.

  127. Jennie Larrison July 24, 2014 at 2:49 pm #

    I began reading somewhere between 10 and 11. My Aunt Helen (a school teacher) always gave me books to read at Christmas and birthdays. I fell in love with books! I would hide when it was my turn to do chores (mostly the dinner dishes) and read. Would much rather read than watch television and my husband enjoys that as he gets to watch whatever he likes. Reading began as my ‘getaway’ place and as I grew older simply loved getting lost in a story and usually unable to put the book down until I reached “The End”. Now I also read eBooks as well as the real thing. My Nook is much easier to travel with as I can take several books along the bad part is I am now reading while traveling in the car (as a passenger of course). My favorites are mysteries.

  128. Dave S July 24, 2014 at 3:46 pm #

    I like to read because IT TAKES ME AWAY. I can’t travel and have adventures like I used to so this is my outlet. Thank you for your imagination!

  129. Terry Forester July 24, 2014 at 5:00 pm #

    I’ve been reading romances since I was 12. I started with “The Graduate”. and have been hooked ever since. It’s my form of escape from lifes more trying times…LOL. In my teens and early twenty’s I read regency romances. I”ve always sAid I lived my first life in that era. These days, at 50+ years of age, I love curling up with HAWT!!!!!! Alpha males of the paranormal kind. I love to take my Kindle wherever I go because I have over 1000 books at my finger tips.

  130. Susan Markey July 24, 2014 at 5:55 pm #

    Reading is the best way to pass time. Also love to travel to other places by book. And all the characters become good friends, there when I need them!!

  131. Greg S. July 24, 2014 at 6:07 pm #

    It is a good way to relax and just get away from the hectic days!

  132. Jennie B. July 24, 2014 at 6:46 pm #

    I read because it’s a good way to visit other places and meet other people without having to go anywhere!

  133. Sherry July 24, 2014 at 6:54 pm #

    Since I first learned to read I always had books on hand to read every spare moment. When I worked I took books to work with me to read during breaks/lunch. I now take my tablet to read ebooks while waiting for appointments, etc. A great mystery is my favorite read. I’ve spent a fortune a books during my reading years and fortunately now have the ability to borrow ebooks from my local library, but still purchase books I can’t find at the library. I can’t imagine life without books and hope I can continue to read well into age as many of my family members were able to do.

  134. C e July 24, 2014 at 6:57 pm #

    I have enjoyed reading all my life. In addition to the Nancy Drew mysteries, I had a full set of James Fenimore Cooper’s books and Sherlock Holmes mysteries as well as others. Now there is Kindle, I read almost a book a day, including yours.

  135. Linda Zanni July 24, 2014 at 7:16 pm #

    I love to read because I really get caught up in the story. I’m living vicariously through the author’s characters because I’m afraid of my owe shadow and such a whimp!! Your Jack Reacher books got me started on those great stories so I looked up Lee Child and start reading Jack Reacher from the beginning.
    Thank you Diane!!! I hope he doesn’t stop writing…or you either!!!!!


  136. Crystal Blackburn July 24, 2014 at 7:40 pm #

    I read to be entertained and to escape my fairly boring real life.

  137. Diana Johnson July 24, 2014 at 8:09 pm #

    I found a love of books, words actually at quite a young age, and began with reading everything my father would bring home (he was also an avid reader). Throughout the many genres, from the War Of The Roses to Isaac Asimov I was transported to worlds of the long past and to the yet to become. I found the world such an incredible, fascinating, and amazing place with unique and sometime frightening people.
    Later in years I found reading completely transported me into a different place, the lives and worlds of the different people and places that lived in the pages of each and every book I read. Amazing to have an experience of someplace or meet someone of where you have never been and whom you have never met!
    I continue to find reading such an immense pleasure and could never imagine a world without books!

  138. patricia gibby July 24, 2014 at 9:51 pm #

    I started reading adult novels in the first grade. I have always had a love of learning. At this point in my life, reading can literally be a life saver. I have a mental illness, treatment resistant major depression with psychotic features. I have self-harmed since my early twenties, over twenty years. Reading allows me to focus on somebody else and maybe whatever is happening with my own life right now will recede long enough to keep me safe.

  139. CharleneMcD July 24, 2014 at 10:25 pm #

    When I was a child reading was an escape. As the second oldest of six, I was always surrounded by sound. Reading helped me escape from the constant noise and took me to exotic places around the world. As an adult I read to relax after a long day of work. I no longer need it as an escape, I just read for the joy of it.

  140. KarenM July 24, 2014 at 10:58 pm #

    I read because there are words and I cannot not read them. I read mysteries because I like to solve the puzzle and travel to interesting places. I read crime stories based in the San Francisco Bay area because I like to see where they go and if they got the details correct.

  141. Alesha OL July 24, 2014 at 10:58 pm #

    Reading opens knowledge not gained anywhere or by any other means possible.

  142. Marsha Mulcahy July 24, 2014 at 11:55 pm #

    I was born with a heart condition that made my parents want to keep me doing quiet activities.
    I had 3 older sisters so I learned to read before I ever went to school and I’m still at it at age 63.
    I had my heart surgery when I was 6 and it was only the second time my doctor had ever performed open heart surgery.

  143. Mary Preston July 25, 2014 at 5:32 am #

    I grew up in a home full of books, with parents & siblings who read. I don’t think we were taught how to read we just did it. Reading is magic!!

  144. Darlene Turner July 25, 2014 at 9:21 am #

    I remember my granny reading whenever she had the chance and there I began reading with her. Only she cheated. 🙂 She’d read the beginning then the end. I asked why she did this and with her adorable and mischievous smile she said if the beginning and ending were good then the rest had to be amazing. I have to say I simply can’t do that however I love reading all genres by many authors. I love the different story lines, the depth of characters, the thought and hard work an author has to go through to accomplish all of it. It astounds me, intrigues me about the author as much as the books I read. Yes they take me to “their” story, life, wants, needs, with laughter or tears, joy or pain, taking me to a world not of my own yet sometimes of my own. I can get lost in a story if it’s good to the point if someone in the room asks me a question I don’t even realize they’re there. Koodos to that author at the time and there are many. Their talent is amazing, hard work astounds, depth they go to for research is mind boggling. Simply put, there are just too many reasons why I love to read to write them down.

  145. Teresa B July 25, 2014 at 9:25 am #

    It is soooooo much more entertaining than television AND no commercials!

  146. Rachel Krupp July 25, 2014 at 9:29 am #

    I have always loved to read. Libraries were my favorite place to go as a child, and still are, even with though I get lots of e-books. I have several physical limitations, and reading is a blessing to me, and provides me with a way to escape from my physical pain. I also enjoy reading because I love learning new things, and new words.

  147. nick ziino July 25, 2014 at 11:24 am #

    I have loved to read for years.It gives me great pleasure,helps relieve stress,makes me smile,and often cheers me up.Nonfiction helps me learn new things.Fiction tells me great stories,meet interesting people,and visit exciting places.

  148. gee wood July 25, 2014 at 12:53 pm #

    As a child i read everything and anything i could get my hands on, reading just took me to different worlds and eras, caught my imagination, and live the characters lives, some so fast paced that you cant keep up, turning the pages furiously but devouring every word – and the library was such a magical place, where you could read so many, sometimes you just couldnt choose between such a vast display – fantastic. I used to be a committed hardpack reader, slid into paperbacks, and now love my e reader. But whichever medium you use, its still one of the greatest ways to relax and enjoy yourself. Thank you to all of the authors out there

  149. Heriberto LC July 25, 2014 at 3:32 pm #

    Reading took GrandMa’s place as she was a source for fantastic escapism and imagination. As an adult can not valuate life sans books: Read to get more educated,go to exotic distant places,eras,cultures,traditions,to detect what is this matter we name “LIFE”. Gracias a todos mis autores favoritos have learned a second third fourth and potentially a fifth language

  150. Don Derr July 25, 2014 at 8:53 pm #

    I started reading as a child, coming from a poor family we were never able to afford a vacation so I would take my own by losing myself in the stories I read and could go to places and time that wasn’t physical possible. I got my own library card while in grade school before I was old enough to go to the library by myself. I really like turning pages and had a hard time switching to my Kindle that my daughter gave me for Christmas, but now I don’t leave home without it.
    Keep bringing us the great reads you do so well.

  151. Amy Medeiros July 26, 2014 at 12:51 am #

    I find reading to be a great stress reliever and i just love to escape into books sometimes 🙂

  152. Allan July 26, 2014 at 12:56 am #

    Middle of Winter here but I read at any (my wife says all the) time to keep my mind active, and for enjoyment/entertainment.

  153. Brenda July 26, 2014 at 10:13 am #

    The mind can take you where the body will never go. I was reading under the covers with a flashlight by 6, reading is the best escape in the world, endless characters, places and situations. I guess you could say I am insatiable. Your books are the best, keep up the good writing!

    • Diane July 30, 2014 at 10:57 am #

      Thanks for the encouragement, Brenda! Caffeinate and Carry On!

  154. Patricia k August 6, 2014 at 8:33 pm #

    It lets me go into my own little world. It is so good at this time with things going on now it the world.

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