So you love reading? Well, if you’re in my blog, big chance that you do. This is a book blog anyway. 🙂 Obviously I love reading too. A. Lot. And for so many reasons. But this post is for Top 5 Tuesday, hosted by Shanah @Bionic Book Worm.
This week’s topic, obviously, is REASONS WHY I LOVE READING. I love Shanah’s topics but so far this is my favorite. I’ve been a reader for more than 18 years now, I started when I was barely 8 and I just grew fonder and fonder of reading every time I pick a book. So let me share my top 5 reasons why I love reading.
‘1.) It Provides Escape’
Ah who can’t relate to this? Don’t get me wrong, I love my life. Despite depression and bad stuffs that happening in and around me, still I love my life. But a moment of escape does so much good to/in me. Most times when I read, I forget everything and I can…..breathe. That sounds so dramatic but it’s true. Sometimes, I even think of it as luxury, I mean having an hour or more, minding nothing but the things between the pages of the book in my hand. What a slice of heaven!
2.) Reading Teaches me Things
‘Reading opens my eyes to things reality failed to show me.’
It’s true that experience is the best teacher but I, as mere human being, am limited. I can’t possibly experience everything or go everywhere I want. I’m 26 and where have I been? What have I been experienced? I’m lacking at experience. Thankfully, books provides me things I need to know and hey, when I truly experience those things, I’m ready and wise. I’ve read about it before. Hehe. I’m not afraid of making mistakes or messing up but at least I won’t be in a battle knowing nothing.
3.) Reading takes me to places a& time I’ve never been or will never be.
This is probably the most obvious reason why one loves reading. Say I can go to London and walk on its streets. It’s in my bucket list and I’m very sure it will or can happen soon. But what if I want, you know, Victorian London? I wanna walk the streets with ladies and gents with their ball gowns and attires. How about Scots in their kilts? Haha. That’s not possible anymore so thank God for Historical Fiction. How about fictional worlds? Hogwarts? Well we can experience Hogwarts now but what about Narnia? :):)
4.) Reading teaches me how to write
Stephen King said “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
He also said, “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”
Sure I started reading as a hobby and it makes me happy. It’s also what started my dream of becoming an author. And of course, the thing that struck the match and ignited this dream is also the same thing that makes it alive. Reading is the fuel that keeps my dream from dying.
5.) Reading makes me happy, period.
The simplicity of it. It doesn’t matter how many reasons I now have for reading, this is still the best reason. Reading makes me happy. I think the secret is I didn’t forget my first love for it. I still remember that late afternoon, 18 years ago. I could hear the joyful noise of children, of my friends, outside. I was busy watching something on TV, something boring that I began rummaging the stacks of papers and books, mostly school books, in that pitiful thing my mother called as bookshelf. There I found a treasure. I didn’t put down that treasure till midnight. It was good thing it was Saturday that I needed not to worry for sleeping late next morning. I can never ever forget the joy I discovered that reading gave me that time. It’s impossible to forget it when I keep feeling it over and over again every time I pick up a book.
Now it’s your turn to tell me why do you read? What makes you love reading? Let’s chat please. This is such a happy topic.