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To me, reading is like a dream. I realized that, when we made our list of reasons why readers read, the vast majority of the time when I read my reason is to escape. When I start reading a book, I completely absorb the main character’s qualities. While I read, I am Katniss Everdeen running through the trees; my lungs hurt from the effort of breathing when I become Hazel Grace; I’m nerdy Mia Thermopolis who’s more than surprised to find out about my royal past. Escape is the only reason I’ve ever needed to read. Not because I have reasons to escape. But because I love dreaming. And all a book is to me, is a dream that’s just more coherent.
What I wonder is, how can you not get absorbed into a good book? Dr. E told us about those students who read and didn’t get the little movie of the events in their heads. How is that even possible? An even better question, how do we help them fix this? And how do we go about finding out if that’s a problem of one of our non-readers? It’s so empowering yet nerve racking to think that all we may have to do is flip a little switch in the mind of a student and then they could fall into a book like we do. They could see the shocked looks as they coughed up the snitch and won the quidditch match. They could feel the intense fear of Ponyboy, hiding away from civilization. They could stare daggers into Count Olaf after each unfortunate event. It’s a shame that there are people out there who haven’t experienced the art of escapism through books. How can I help them?