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:
5 REASONS TO READ BOOKS
Walk a Mile in Another’s Shoes
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.
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?