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Find yourself while getting lost.

“A book… it’s a world all on its own too. A world made of words, where you live for a while.”― Patrick Ness

Most people think that reading has to require a “smart” or “life-changing” book but that’s not remotely true. If you’re looking at words splattered across paper, you are reading.

If you’re into the  latest Nicholas Sparks or Harry Potter book, that’s fine, just read a book that interests you. If your interests are more olden times, then go for it. If you’re more into stories with a modern twist, there’s nothing wrong with that either.  There are no specific authors you should stick to in regards to your interests. Read a variety of romantic authors, mystery authors or whatever authors are in the genre you like. You read whatever you want to read.

If you’re a romantic, pick up a love story with an all too predictable ending. If you’re more of a mystery person, pick up a murder story involving a crazy ex-girlfriend. Just get to reading. Whatever kind of person you are, there is a book out there for you.

Read WHATEVER YOU WANT — just make sure you take your time reading. Don’t skim the pages and tweet about the book you just “read.” This isn’t a race. Soak in every word and every page. Become familiar with the words. Heck, read the entire page over again before you flip it.

Get so lost in stories that you confuse your life with theirs. Just lose yourself for a little while – an hour or two. I’m not saying to forget about your life, I’m saying take a break from it and enter into another one.

Fall in love with the reckless boy. Become that girl you’ve always dreamt of becoming. Figure out who the killer is and save the day.  You don’t have to live it for long if you don’t want to, it can be for a couple pages or the entire story. It’s all up to you.

“Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.”


You know what the best thing about reading is? You can do it anywhere and anytime. Read at home while your family is settling down after dinner. Read on your way home from work on the bus. Read at the beach while your getting a nice tan.

Read to feel.
Read to escape.
Read to fall in love.
Read to be entertained.
Read to gain knowledge.
Read to discover yourself.
Read to change your views.
Read to expand your vocabulary.
Read to immerse yourself in another world.


Don’t know what to read? These websites will help narrow it down for you.


Claudia Pagán

University of Maryland | 3 stories

I'm your typical college student with a not so typical view on life. I'm very proud to call the University of Maryland my home away from home. I don't let age or inexperience stop me from going after what I want. My days include running around with a notepad and a camera and my nights include bars and designer shoes [aka the gym and Nikes].

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