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The luxury of reading

So–Sarah Wendell is over at Unleash Your Story talking about how reading is a necessity. And I’m here thinking on the flip-side what a luxury it is to be able to read. Think about all the things that must come together for reading to happen–and I’m thinking here of reading for pleasure.

1. Time. This is something I have often considered when writing my Western characters. How would they have found the time to read? I’m certain that reading was one of the best forms of entertainment then, as it is now. But surviving took so much time back then. And when they stopped working on surviving, it was dark–so precious resources would need to be used to make reading possible. For millions of people living today, I’m certain reading is still a luxury.

2. Education. Maybe this should have been one. Obviously, if you don’t know how to read . . .

3. Books. Have to be writen and produced and somehow acquired. Thank goodness for public libraries that spare us the cost of buying every book we read. But there are still costs.

I’m sure this list could go on, but you get the idea. Reading is a luxury. It is entertainment. But it is a lot more than that. Reading feeds the soul. Keeps the mind alive and the imagination strong.

Reading may be a luxury, but it is a necessity too. Part of a well-balanced life. A luxurious necessity.

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