Have you ever listened to, read or watched something so much that you have internalized it, and its become a part of your very being?
That is another way to describe what “Reading out” a book is
in highschool I discovered fantasy as a genre
The first “fantasy” book I read was Robin McKinley “A Hero and the Crown” very quickly it and all the McKinley books I could find Beauty, Deerskin and the Blue Sword) became my go to books.
As well as the Tamora Pierce quartets (High School involved reading Alanna and then awaiting as Daine slowly came out)
And there was Patricia C. Wrede’s Enchanted Forest series which I discovered in the school library in 6th grade. This series maybe, perhaps, if I had to say, my favorite books ever (although I hate t o pic k because I love so many)
I never did read fantasy to escape. I always read it theologically. I read it to affirm the goodness of humanity and the human irrepressible & irrational endurance. I read it to see the abundance and presence of hope no matter how hard things get. I read it because I wanted to see people suffer challenges & loss and to know that it is all worth it, to see good triumph over evil. To me the happy-ever-after is guaranteed, but the work that is done to get there is what is truly important.