It’s sometimes forgotten to consider how a career or education might affect someone’s interest in reading. Before moving to London, I found it challenging to pick up a book for leisure because my time in college had somewhat tempered my excitement for reading. I periodically had trouble understanding the content because English is not my first language, making it impossible for me to read 400 pages in just two days without using an audiobook. Reading was one of my favorite activities before I started college since I knew that the more I read, the better I would get. When I started college, though, that situation altered.

I would walk past dozens of Waterstone Bookstores in London without going inside. However, eventually, despite being unsure of my ability to finish the books, I gathered up the courage to buy two and enter one. When I started reading again for my own pleasure, I was very happy. More than just a passion for the city, London has given me the opportunity to rediscover the pursuits I previously treasured but neglected to give priority to, like reading. The mandatory readings for my classes have also kept me interested and inspired to investigate different literary works.

It’s critical to understand how reading habits might be impacted by academic or professional responsibilities. But I have rekindled my love for books by seizing the chance to read again in a meaningful and personal way. London has contributed significantly to this rekindling by providing a setting that encourages both intellectual and personal development. I’ve gained a newfound appreciation for reading as a result of this experience, reclaiming it as an important aspect of my life.