Why I'm Addicted to Books

Any time a BuzzFeed quiz pops up on Facebook I HAVE to take it.  Let's see, I think I've taken at least 3 today.

It's not just the quizzes, though.

~ There was another one today ~ 
~ Here are some of MY favorite reasons ~

3. “Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly — they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.” —Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
5. “I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.” —J.K. Rowling
7. “You want to know about anybody? See what books they read, and how they’ve been read…” —Keri Hulme, The Bone People
8. “The world was hers for the reading.” —Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
9. “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” —Joseph Addison
11. “Read. Read. Read. Just don’t read one type of book. Read different books by various authors so that you develop different style.” —R.L. Stine
12. “Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.” — Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet
14. “Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.” —Joyce Carol Oates
16. “To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.” — W. Somerset Maugham, Books and You
19. “You will be transformed by what you read.” —Deepak Chopra
20. “Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.” —Anna Quindlen How Reading Changed My Life
23. “A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.” —Italo Calvino, The Uses of Literature
26. “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” —Frederick Douglass
27. “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” —Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
28. “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” —C.S. Lewis
29. “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” —John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
30. “I have consistently loved books that I’ve read when I’ve been sick in bed.” —Tracy Chevalier
31. “’A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies,’ said Jojen. ‘The man who never reads lives only one.’” —George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons
33. “Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else.” —Mark Twain

What about you?  Why do you love books?