There's a reason reading has survived for as long as it has. Books contain their own brand of magic: the ability to transport us anywhere when we're stuck at home.
This isn't any kind of revelation, by any means. People have commented on this for years, more eloquently than I ever can. But Around the World in 30 Days has really made me appreciate reading's 'magical' qualities, even more than before.
At this point in my life, I simply don't have the means to travel, but books allow me to despite that. In a way, I've been to Central America and Paris and Israel. I've seen the canals in Amsterdam and Harrods in London. I've even traveled to places that don't exist- Narnia, Hogwarts, Alagaesia. And I've learned about the past, as well, through the eyes of Gemma Doyle and Helen of Sparta.
Isn't this one of the reasons we read? To journey to other worlds and leave ours behind? And when we return from the land of fiction, don't we understand the real world a bit better?
Another reason we read: Reading connects us. It's funny how such a solitary activity brings together so many people. I think that's what the guest posts from Alicia and Danielle displayed so well. We may all live on different continents in various time zones with our own slang, but we all bond over books. It shows us that while we have our differences, we're really not different at all.
Reading is a pretty powerful thing, to be able to do all that. I hope it takes you to remarkable places.