I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted!!! April ended up being a crazy month which took me into a different sort of direction than I expected — but for the better! I know it’s technically a few days after the end of the A to Z Blogging Challenge, but I wanted to make a short post to finish it off since I don’t have time for a proper entry.
“Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.” – Jean Rhys
I saw this quote on a bookish Instagram account, and I saved it last month on my iPhone. I found it so profound. In a time of racial and class tensions I found this thoughtful and beneficial. Jean Rhys, an English writer, shifts our focus into a different direction than color or money. Books are gateways to other worlds — worlds where we want to live (for me that would be Hogwarts – Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling), and worlds we’re glad are totally fictional (Panem! – The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins), and yet when we read and discuss books we’re all in the same place, on level and even grounds — no racial tension or socioeconomic disparities — because we bond over conversation with a book. And when we meet a friend who loves the same book we love — it’s like meeting a family member, and we feel comfortable, we feel like we belong, we feel home. Can’t we work to reach the zenith in our lives by tolerance, acceptance, and generosity? It doesn’t take much, and a book can help. This is a reminder to me, more than any of you — but I think this quote tells us that reading can make people human again, the best kind of human.
All in all, I’ve enjoyed this challenge and am looking forward to revisiting some of your blogs and working on my A to Z Blogging Challenge reflection for the 4th! Good night and happy blogging, happy reading =)