Reading has been something that I have enjoyed since I learnt when I was a young child. Recently, I thought to myself, why do I enjoy reading so much? I answered this question in my head, and decided it might be a fun post for my blog!
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” Immediately, I thought of this quote. When I’m reading a good book, I genuinely feel as if I’m in a different world, which is always a nice escape. Especially if I’ve had a bad day!
Boredom. When I was little, we didn’t have internet at home, and you can only play with toys so many times before it gets repetitive. So, I read. I had what seemed like an endless supply of books through my school library, which meant I’d never get bored at home.
I feel like I learn something valuable from every book I read. Whether it’s a new word, or an important lesson, I’m constantly being educated by books, which I love. I get to do something I enjoy and learn whilst doing so. It’s a win-win situation.
Because I can. I know I am privileged to be able to read, there’s countless young children and even adults across the world that were never taught, so I want to use my ability as much as I can, it seems a waste not to. (I’m not at all saying those who don’t read books are inferior, they too read everyday, whether it’s a sign post or a text. I understand that everyone has different interests!)
It entertains me. This one seems like the most obvious. I enjoy it, so I do it. Very simple.
“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” Yes, another quote. Ernest Hemmingway this time! There have been times in my life where I’ve felt incredibly lonely for different reasons, but I’ve always been able to find comfort in a book.
There are more ways I could answer this question, but these 6 answers are the ones that come to mind straight away. What about you, why do you read?