I take sanctuary in books.

I remember how I would never go anywhere without a book. A book disconnected me from the rest of the world. The fact that I wasn't paying attention to anything that was happening around me made me invisible. I would not feel awkward in a crowd because I had a book with me. I took sanctuary in books.

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Presently, I will blame the fact that I am clueless about a lot of things because I had been engrossed in the pages of books more than anything else. If I have any special skill or talent, all credit goes to all the characters I found in each book I read.

I know a lot of things I had practiced after learning a character did it in a book. For instance, I felt the need to learn to bake when I read about Apple Pie in a book. The girl in the story was homely but she was fat. Her younger sister was considered more pleasantly looking because she wasn't fat. And she knew how to dress up, and attract different men in her locality.

I decided to take the side of this character that everyone disliked. I have no idea why I am drawn to people who are often ridiculed or discriminated against. But you are seeing that I had done it with my fictional characters too. Now, my fat character never bothered about how she looked. She was treated like a slave in her house. She ran all of the house chores, while her junior sister entertained the visitors and display all of her newly bought outfits. You could say this is one of those Cinderella Stories, harsh step-sisters and wicked stepmother. Only, my character had a blood sibling, and not a step one. And she had no stepmom except her old father.

My character stuck to her role, until, a young man came into their lives. He saw her, and her junior sister. But he took a liking to her. Her younger sister couldn't imagine how the handsome man would prefer her fat and not shaped sister to her who had a dazzling appearance and all the guys on her fingers. She was mad, and angry, and staged a series of events and circumstances to get his attention, but nothing worked.

When all else failed, I don't remember the series of events that took place, she made the young man be sent to a place, and couldn't be contacted. And this young woman gave her elder sister a note containing the vilest words someone had said to her, and she claimed the young man had sent it. This had broken my character, shattered her. For someone who lived on food, She stopped eating, and didn't even take a good look at herself in the mirror nor did she step out of the house.

You can be sure the house chores suffered, but she didn't care, she stayed indoors, sulking, and mending her broken heart. Until, one day, she stepped out, and everyone was amazed by how much weight she lost. No, she didn't notice her weight was gone, it was one of the women that called her attention to it.

I would sincerely love to complete that story, but, it's way longer than this. You candy bet the story had a happy ending because it did. I wish I remembered the name of the novel, I don't. I have read so many books in this life that I have lost track of the names. The only memories I have left are the storylines and the characters.

The fact that I still have those storylines and characters left in my head is the reason I can navigate through life even though I have no clue how reality works. Someone had outrightly told me I suck because I am naive and that I do things simply because I read them in those useless books of mine.

I laugh him off because he wouldn't understand how much of a sanctuary my books are to me. And my dad had told me that books and movies are not reality, and I paid deaf ears. I can connect with the author and his characters. And books had taught me a large percentage of the life skills that I have. And I will forever be grateful to my mum for the singular advice she gave me about reading.



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Readers are leaders is a popular quote. However, it doesn't end there. It is very possible to forget novel titles but am pretty sure you will remember few titles and authors of the ones that have touched your heart the most.

Cheers

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Readers are indeed leaders. This particular book, the title keeps coming to me, but, can't remember it clearly. And yes, there are definitely books that I have read and never forget the title and the author's name.

Thanks for reading, darling. I appreciate.

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You are not alone 😉
I grew up riding in the Wild West (Karl May); I explored the Star Wars Universe before there were more than three movies (Timothy Zhan), I followed Harry Potter grow up (J.K. Rowling) and was stranded on Mars with Mark Whatney (Andy Weir).
Do not listen to those who do not know the pleasure of emerging into a well written novel, keep your sanctuary alive and flurish in it.

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Awwwnnnn.... This is so sweet. Thanks. I won't listen to them. Our sanctuary is safe and we bibliophiles will continue to flourish in it. It's a pleasure to meet you. Thanks so much for the support. 💜

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Awww so your mum is in full support of your reading books, that is so assuring and lovely.

Finding sanctuary in books, I've never thought of that aside the Bible... That's a really good one.

I really wished you continued the story about the girl that lost her weight after staying indoors 😁 that kind movie go make sense o.

Lovely approach to the wotw prompt ❤️

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I had a fire for reading, but, mum ignited the extreme reading fire in me, I got intoxicated, and couldn't stop.

The Bible is of course a compass. And no book can surpass the wisdom the Bible passes on to believers.

Lol. I wish I could remember the name, that would have been better.

Thanks for reading sweetheart. 💕💕

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Such an interesting story, I'm sure she'll meet the man again and they'll marry.

Books are wonderful and though they may not always show an accurate depiction of what happens in real life there's lots of lessons to be learned from them.

!1UP

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Yes, she met him again and married him. And I think his sister was sent to some place far away from them so she wouldn't be able to hurt them anymore.

Yes, it's true that books offers lessons, and I can write a book on all the lessons I have learned from different books.

Thanks @b0s for visiting. I appreciate. ❣️

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Oh that's wonderful.

I'll definitely read that book if it were to be made

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Oh I feel you, books are a sanctuary for me at times, that and rooting for the underdog in everything:)
Great take on the wotw prompt Iska.
Popped in from dreemport tonight and I wish you a great weekend!

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I am glad you feel the same way about books.. thanks for the appreciation. And thanks for visiting. Have a great weekend too, @tengolotodo

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Yep been a bookworm since I was knee-high to a grasshopper!
Thanks Iska!

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aaah books books books... but then you know me Iska, and we both love them dearly, right? hehe. I remember exchanging comments with you a while back on a post I wrote that made mention of some of my favourite books, and you shared some of yours too. I have it bookmarked!I am so happy that you find sanctuary in reading... it is one of the places I find sacntuary too. I came her via Dreemport this evening.

!LUV

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Hehehehe. We both loved those brown and White papers sprinkled with words based on the author's inspiration.

I am glad you find sanctuary in them too. Thanks for visiting, sir.

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!LOLZ you are playing with me now.... I say no to* ma'am* so you call me sir ...freaking ROFLLLLLLLLLLLLL here Iska... gotta love you!
thank you for making me laugh !ALIVE

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you are playing with me now.... I say no to* ma'am* so you call me sir

Do you know I laughed hard and rolled on the floor when I saw that 'sir' and your response.? 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

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For those that don't share your passion for reading, I guess, they'll never understand. However, I do. I have always loved stories and within them I find everything. 💛

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I am glad that you do. And it's true that we can find everything in stories. Thanks for reading.

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90% of what i know today, i got from books. May i ask, this book is Chinese Romance right? This plot feels so much like them😁
Books are so underrated!
I came in through Dreemport!

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