Friday, 14 February 2014

Top 5 Reasons I Love Books

Yep. It's that time of the year again when you walk into a shop and you're bombarded with huge, red love hearts and gigantic bears that you want to grab and never let go of: It's Valentine's Day. The day that we find ourselves reminiscing in our relationship, or, if you're like me, lack thereof. And while us single folks are subjected to the lovey-dovey ways of everyone in love, I wanted to take the time and focus on a different kind of love. Not the love for a person, but for the love of my life: Books.

Cue sad music and tears.

While everyone will be having romantic dinners with their significant other, some of us will be at home with our heads in a book. Or in my case, my head in a glass of wine and a large, fattening pizza I will inevitably regret.

On that note, here are my 5 reasons why I love to read.

5. Escape

One of the more obvious reasons, reading comes down to mostly one thing: A break from reality. There's almost nothing better than leaving the stress of your life and diving into a world full of adventure and intrigue. It's never a bad thing to lose yourself in other worlds and take respite in their characters.

It also stops us from going crazy and being committed to a white-padded cell, screaming about the dragon we saw while having a mental breakdown at work.

4. Networking

Not only is reading a great escape, it's also a great way to make new friends. The internet is full of people who read and write, blog and vlog, and share your passion for the written word. Books help connect you with other people, to connect and grow and broaden your horizons.

Friends...also good for staving off mental breakdowns caused by life.

3. The Price

Tying in with books being a great break from the hardships of life, is the price. Books are not expensive. Especially now that we have e-book platforms galore. Reading is ten times more accessible than it was before, meaning we can dive into these huge worlds and stories without worrying whether it'll rob us of our cash and leave us worse off than before.

2. Range

At numero 2 is range, and by that I mean the vast variety of books you can choose from. Fiction, non-fiction, fantasy, sci-fi, thriller, crime, YA, Adult, etc. etc. There are literally millions of books, and while you might dislike one genre, there is almost definitely a book out there you will love.

To people who say they hate reading: It is not that you hate it, it is that you haven't found a book you love yet. Don't give up.

1. Knowledge

Perhaps one of the most important points you can make for books is what they teach you. Not only can you learn a lot about your language and all that follows, but you also learn a mighty lot about yourself. You grow and evolve, and once you leave that world you'd thrown yourself into, you come back and can look at reality in a new light. The magic of books is the messages they can relay: Hope, pain, fear, joy. All the emotions the world has to offer.

Plus, reading is almost essential for anyone interested in being an author. Stephen King himself has said, that those who do not read, do not have the tools to be a writer.

While those five aren't the only reasons I read, they are the biggest. Books are fantastic, and something that cannot age. People will always be enthralled by new worlds and stories. I hope you enjoyed my five things and if you have anything that's not on the list above, let me know.

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  1. Yes! I love this! A lot of the time when people ask me why I read I shoo them away and tell them the answers too complicated XD.
    Also, one of the reasons I read is because I wish to be a writer and it exposes me to a lot of different writing styles and techniques. So, basically I read because I write, but I also write because I read! Without reading I never would become a writer. So it's a circle of sorts!!

    1. That's the perfect explanation. The two go hand in hand.
      That's one of the reasons I wrote this blog, a lot of people who don't read always ask me why I do it, why does it appeal to me. There are loads of reasons, but an emotional adventure is always my go to answer.