Today I thought I’d talk to you about how important it is to read, and also what really made me change my attitude to reading – I used to absolutely hate it and never had the patience to see reading a whole book through, but now, these days, I read on average 1 book every week! I think that everyone should set some time aside to do some reading from time to time, so here are my reasons why…
1) Reading improves your connectedness with the world.
By this I mean that through reading you can increase your knowledge of not just facts, but also how others different to us live their lives, such as during different periods of time, in different places of the world, or in different mindsets to you. This can be achieved through reading both fiction and non-fiction books, so you really don’t need to read a boring textbook in order to learn new things! Improving your connectedness with the world can also increase your sympathy (Or the German: Mitgefühl = “with-feeling”) with others facing different situations to yourself, so reading is definitely good for the soul!
2) Reading is good for your mental health.
Concentrating on simply one thing can be so difficult these days, in our ever-busier, 21st Century world. Reading requires pretty much all your concentration, so just concentrating on this one thing can work wonders for your mind – it is good for de-cluttering it, as it makes you think of something completely different, and can also help you to put things into perspective during particularly stressful situations (such as exam season). Reading also helps us realise that we very rarely find only ourselves in a given situation: a famous quote by C.S Lewis says, “We read to know we are not alone”, which I find can be SO true, as there is a book for literally EVERYTHING in life.
3) Reading makes a good break from staring at a screen.
Okay, so you’re looking at one right now, but I’m sure you’d agree that it’s a good thing to take a break from a screen at least once in a while, particularly as they are such a big part of our every day lives for most of us nowadays. Of course, you can read eBooks on a computer, phone or tablet also – it’s up to you! 😉 but research shows that the constant use of screens can damage your eyes… 👁
4) Reading is a (relatively) cheap hobby to have.
Whilst you could spend LOADS of money travelling to and from places, or on equipment for more expensive hobbies, reading is pretty cheap and sustainable:
- You can borrow from the library
- You can borrow from friends
- You can buy reduced books from bargain good shops or cut-price online book stores (e.g. Amazon, book depository, wordery, etc – please note: this is NOT an ad/sponsor!). Charity shops are also GREAT for inexpensive books – and all the money made goes to a good cause so it’s a win-win situation! 💖
- You can read eBooks, many of which are free or very cheap – don’t get me wrong, reading an eBook is fine, as long as you don’t spend ALL your time looking at a screen! 😜
5) Let’s be honest, books just look so pretty!
Even out of a purely aesthetic reason it is worth having books in the house… My bedroom is so colourful and books are the main reason for it tbh! 😍
6) You can take books pretty much everywhere. 🎒
Okay, so you might struggle taking 10 books somewhere in one rucksack, but I can’t really think of a situation when you’d need to do that! 😛 You can easily fit 2 or 3 in one, or an almost infinite amount if you’re taking eBooks…
7) Reading is a wonderful thing to talk about with friends. 👯
If you talk about the books you’ve read with others, you could find a new person who shares similar hobbies and interests to you, or find out something new from the books they’ve read! You’ll probably get great book recommendations too ☺️
8) You might just discover your new passion!
For example, I discovered my passion for LGBTQ+ rights through reading so many awesome LGBTQ+ books such as The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson and Gay Berlin by Robert Beachy (read my review for this book here) ❤️💛💚💙💜
9) You’re keeping the book sector of the economy going!
In this increasingly digitalised world, books are becoming rarer. Good on you for keeping this industry going!
10) Learn something new by reading.
Learn a new language. Learn about the history of Britain 🇬🇧 (spoiler for my next reading post!). Learn about the origin of the universe. Learn about why humans behave the way they do. Read an ancient book that people in former times swore by.
This is all possible through reading.
So go on! Go to your local bookshop. Visit your local library. This is the start of something BIG. 😮
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post! Have I missed any out? Please let me know!