5 Reasons to Read Books

I’ve been a massive bookworm all my life. In fact, my mom even wrote in my baby book that my favourite toys as a 2 year old were books, so I was into books even before I could read. But despite all my years of reading (and championing for others to read!), I never really much stopped to think my reasons to read books. So if you’re one of those people who’s struggling to pick up a book, or just searching for more reasons to read, here are five of my favourite reasons to read books:


Walk a Mile in Another’s Shoes
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Books are not only a way for us to experience things, but also a way for us to relate to and understand experiences we’ve never had. I’ve never lived in Paris or experienced war, but by reading I can have at least a tiny understanding of what it’s like. Books help us imagine other people as complexly as we imagine ourselves, and according to research reading actually makes you more emphatic.

Travel the World

I didn’t actually go on my first trip abroad until I was about twenty years old. But before that I’d traveled to a lot of places in between pages. I got to walk around the streets of Paris way before I actually did. And even if I never get to travel everywhere, I can read about it. Not to even mention getting to go to places that don’t exist like Narnia or Neverland. Which brings us to the next point…

Make Magic Happen

One of my favourite reasons to read books has always been that they allow us to see the magic in the world. And that they can show us things where only our imagination is the limit. I’ve been a lover of fantasy all my life and to this day I still get that little tingly feeling whenever I read Harry Potter. Sure, I might regret the fact that I’ll never actually get to go to Hogwarts a little bit. But I wouldn’t change all that magic for the world.

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Use Your Imagination

By now you might be thinking that hey, those are all great reasons, but they’re also all true of movies. But the one thing that sets books apart from movies is that you get to use your own imagination. I’m a big believer in always reading the book before seeing the movie, because that way you get to decide for yourself what the characters look like. My Sherlock Holmes will never look exactly the same as yours, and that’s the beauty of it.

Learn Anything & Everything

I’ve pretty much always believed that there’s a book for everything. Whatever you want to learn, from
psychology to healthy cooking and from yoga to languages, you can read it in a book. And if you’re going through a tough time in your life books can help you find balance, become motivated or even heal a broken heart. (Trust me, if you’re ever going through a bad break-up, just read He’s Just Not That Into You).

What are your favourite reasons to read books?


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    1. Jenni 01 June, 2016 at 14:40

      I love my movies too, but there’s just nothing quite like getting lost in a good book, is there. xx

  1. Isabelle 01 June, 2016 at 15:59

    I agree with all of this so much, ever since I was old enough to do anything I’ve been a massive book lover and that’s never changed, there’s something just so magical about it! x


    1. Jenni 01 June, 2016 at 18:51

      That’s great to hear Isabelle! xx

  2. Jen 01 June, 2016 at 22:34

    Yes!! It’s making the magic happen! It’s being able to slip away for a while. There really isn’t enough time for reading in this world.

    1. Jenni 01 June, 2016 at 22:48

      You’re right about that Jen! Sometimes I really wish there were more hours in a day just so I could read more 🙂 xx

  3. Molly Bradley 06 June, 2016 at 22:26

    I absolutely lovee books and spend most of my time with my head stuck in one. I love how you could read the same book as someone else but picture everything so differently! P.s i love your blog, it is soo beautiful! 🙂


    1. Jenni 06 June, 2016 at 23:13

      Thanks so much Molly! That’s a really interesting point! xx

  4. Katariina H 07 June, 2016 at 00:23

    Aivan mieletön postaus! Kirjat tuntuvat jääneen teknologian jalkoihin ja onkin vilpittömän ihanaa, kun joku muistuttaa lukemisen tärkeydestä.

    1. Jenni 07 June, 2016 at 11:14

      Kiitos ihanasta kommentista Katariina! Lukemisen tärkeydestä ei voi koskaan muistutella liikaa 🙂

  5. the adventurer 08 June, 2016 at 04:38

    Beautiful post! I love reading books, and have learned about so many people and places reading through pages. It’s also a great way to continue learning about new things after you are out of school, which I am doing now that I’ve graduated from university.


    1. Jenni 08 June, 2016 at 09:54

      Thank you! That’s so true, I’m just about to graduate uni this year myself, and I definitely plan on continuing learning even after. xx


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