I have no favorites for this week, yet again. There are several books that I am in the middle of that I LOVE, but nothing I have finished. Between moving, travelling, new jobs, etc. I just haven’t had the time I normally do.
So instead, I am going to share some benefits of reading for you all from my perspective. Now I’m not here to preach to you or act superior if you DON’T like to read, I’m just sharing what I have experienced and why I love it so damn much.
Every since I learned how, reading has been my absolute favorite hobby. It runs in my family, and anytime I am at a reunion we are usually talking about whatever books we’re into at the time. When I was in elementary school I read everything I could get my hands on. Some of my favorites included E.B. White’s books, Harriet the Spy, and Harry Potter, and while my taste has advanced somewhat, my love for it has never gone away. Here are some of the reasons I have always loved spending my time with book!
1. You Always Have Something To Do
If your phone dies, the power goes out, you’re stuck in a waiting room, etc, having a book or magazine can save you from monumental boredom. Whenever I leave the house I have two things to read with me at all times- you never know when you might need them. This has helped me in so many situations, I am always amazed at how much extra waiting time I have when I go out.
To be safe I normally bring whatever physical book I am currently reading as well as my Kindle. That way I can’t run out of things to read.
If you aren’t sure how much free time you will have, bring something short! It doesn’t have to be a 1300 page Russian novel to be a decent way to spend your time. Find some short stories that you like, or a magazine article that piqued your interest.
2. Your Vocabulary/Learning
One of my absolute favorite things about reading is learning new words. No matter if it’s a book for a younger audience (for example, A Series of Unfortunate Events has helped my vocabulary immensely), or a classic work of literature (The Count of Monte Cristo is a good one for vocabulary expansion)- there are new things and words to learn.
I am no longer in school and I miss it horribly, so I often read solely to learn new things, and improving my vocabulary is a definite advantage to that as well.
3. Escaping/Stress Relief
My main reason for loving reading as passionately as I do is the freedom from everyday life. Nothing is more of a stress relief than entering a fictional world for a few hours and letting responsibilities melt away.
No matter what you are interested in, there is a book out there for you. I’ve yet to find a subject that doesn’t have at least one wonderful book written about it.
What are your main reasons for reading?