Reading was the one of the first things that made me feel utterly calm. Naturally, I developed an insatiable appetite for books. Where I was scared to travel, I had no problems visiting far-off locales and fantasy worlds in books. While I was terrified of boys in real life, I was able to sigh over romances in novels. When I was frightened to make bold decisions, I could appreciate the boldness and courage of the heroes and heroines I followed in books.
This is what gives Quest Reviews its name. As Anaïs Nin wrote, “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.” By reading, we get to travel outside of ourselves and experience other places, emotions, and people.
As I grew up, constant reading became an intrinsic part of my character. I consumed thousands of books. When I hit college, I wondered if I should make books somehow a part of my career. I became a lazy English major, throwing the lion’s share of effort into my Art studies, while sneakily reading hundreds of “casual” books in the time I should have been writing papers. I then decided that academic literature studies, or a career in publishing, were not realistic life goals for me. But, I wanted to be more than just a casual reader.
Discovering the world of book blogging solved this conundrum. I love how reviewing a book gives an act of permanence to reading. By publishing thought-out opinions on cultural output, you become an important part of the book’s story — a voice in both its critical and popular reception.
Throughout my life, reading has been one of my brightest joys. It helped me cope with crippling anxiety for years, assisted me in the making true friendships, and has forged for me a fierce vocabulary. Now, in some small way, I hope to foster love of reading in others, through Quest Reviews. Happy reading, everyone!