Reading is important to me because it's perhaps the purest form of escape. It doesn't require electricity, it can be done any time, anywhere. It can be social or it can be solitary. There are endless stories of all lengths, for all ages and abilities. Libraries make reading affordable for literally everyone. Friends can bond over exchanging their favourite titles. Parents bond with their children through the nightly ritual of bedtime stories. Books offer readers the opportunity to imagine the scenes and characters in their own unique way by drawing inspiration from the author's description. The ability to read is truly a gift.