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This question hurts my head simply because I cannot give an adequate answer . Books play such a fundamental role in my life that being without them is unimaginable. Books act as a sanctuary of sorts. For me, at least. It doesn’t matter how bad my day has been, I can always rely on a good book to whisk me away and give me much needed respite. I have traveled the world and even to distant planets and dimensions. I have met incredible people who have taught me much needed lessons in life and love. I have lived thousands of lives through the eyes of another. I have been inspired by the courage of characters and by their determination to thrive even when all the odds have been stacked against them. So much of me – Jazz, the writer, the English teacher, the big sister, the best friend, the traveler – has been molded by the books I have read and the characters I’ve encountered and the things I’ve experienced by their sides.

So I ask you, on this overly humid Thursday night, why do you read? What have books done for you?

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