Books Take Us Somewhere When We Have Nowhere to Go

You don’t have to look far to be troubled. Turn on the television. Scroll through your social media feed. People are angry and frustrated. People are so angry and frustrated that they can’t sympathize with the angry and frustrated people on the opposite side of the fence.

Sadly, I’m becoming one of those people.

So last night I made an executive decision to clock out of the world and read Peter Pan.

Full disclosure: I have never read Peter Pan. I’ve never wanted to read Peter Pan. I didn’t like the Disney version of Peter Pan because I thought he was cocky, arrogant, and annoying. Yes, I know this was purposeful. But I didn’t have to like it.

But now I’m reading the book, and I am hooked. (No pun intended).

I’m not finished yet. But I have to say, clocking out and going to Neverland was the smartest decision I’ve made in a while. This book has all the ingredients of perfect escapism. It’s nonsensical and hilarious. It goes to another world, which is full of utter ridiculousness. Perhaps best of all: Grown-ups are not allowed.

If you’re overwhelmed, anxious, sad, or angry—whether it’s about your personal life, what’s happening in the world, or all of the above—I highly recommend falling headfirst into a book.

Make it something good.

Related: Reading Doesn’t Just Make You Literate

2 Replies to “Books Take Us Somewhere When We Have Nowhere to Go”

  1. I adored Peter Pan, the book. It’s so much better than the Disney movie. Books, especially children’s books, have always been my favorite escape, now more than ever!

    Have you read Peter and the Starcatchers (or its sequels) by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson? They’re lively and imaginative prequels, definitely worth looking into.

  2. Definitely! When Im frustrated looking to all of my school works. Reading books, esp. fantasy, helps me to escape reality. Until now my favorite is Peter Pan. I most like tinkerbell. She’s always there for Pan.

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