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Top Ten Tuesday–So Why DO I Read So Many Books?

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new question or theme is presented.  This week’s prompt is:

What are the top ten reasons you love being a reader or a blogger?

I’d planned to split my ten reasons between the two, but once I got going on my reasons for reading, I’d hit #10 before I knew it! So here they are–the top ten reasons I love being a reader–in no particular order:

  1. Reading can happen just about anywhere! Books are so portable—I’ve read in cars, on planes, on buses, at my desk at work, by the pool, on a bench in the park, in the tub, in a tree (one of my favorite places when I was a kid!), in bed, on my exercise bike, at the movie theater (before the movie starts, of course!), at the dinner table, in waiting rooms . . . the list goes on and on! There aren’t too many activities that are as versatile and portable as reading!
  2. Reading is cheap! I firmly believe that books give you more bang for your buck than just about any form of entertainment around. And when you factor in free books from the library—there’s just not much that can compete!
  3. Books provide instant entertainment! There’s no reason to be bored if you have access to books. And the entertainment isn’t just in the reading itself—there’s not much that’s more fun than engaging in a spirited discussion with a fellow booklover.
  4. Reading improves your writing. Show me a great writer, and I’ll show you someone who loves to read. Reading constantly exposes you to new writing techniques and vocabulary—there’s no greater method for learning to write than reading a variety of books by a wide range of authors. For me personally, I spend about 75% of my time at my job on various writing projects, and I know that I wouldn’t be able to do so if I didn’t have such an extensive reading background.
  5. Reading introduces you to possibilities. I attended a talk given by a Teacher Of The Year winner from California several years ago, and I still remember one statement he made—“Children cannot pursue what they are not exposed to.”  What a powerful idea—and so true! And books can be the tools to expose kids—and adults!—to all sorts of possibilities to pursue.
  6. Accumulating books makes home decorating easy! I’m honestly not sure what I’d do with all the wall space in my home that is taken up by my many bookcases.
  7. Books provide a common bond. Take two people who come from different backgrounds or areas of the country—or even the world—and once they find they’ve got a book in common—instant conversation starter.
  8. Books make you think. I like nothing more than to read a book that makes me examine my own ideas and opinions about a particular topic. Here’s an example—as a former teacher in the public schools, I’ve always had pretty strong opinions about educational issues such as homeschooling and single-sex education. After reading fairly extensively about both of these topics, my opinions have definitely shifted a bit—and this never would have happened without the opportunity to examine other points of view through books.
  9. Books provide unlimited armchair experiences and lessons, controlled only by the books that you choose to read. I can’t even begin to calculate the amount of knowledge I’ve picked up through reading books.
  10. Most importantly–Reading is FUN! When it comes right down to it, none of us would be spending the countless hours we spend with books if we weren’t having a damn good time!

How about you? Why do you love being a reader? Please share!

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Author: bookmammal

I love books, reading, writing, cooking, eating, reading while eating, and sharing thoughts about all of the above–plus a bit more! I usually post about topics relating to books and literacy during the week, and then participate in a variety of non-bookish memes on the weekend. Please feel free to join in! Some random things about me– –I have multiple bookshelves in every room of my home except the bathroom. They’re all filled to bursting. They help to make my house my home. –I have two cats who I love dearly, but who I definitely do NOT dress in human clothing. Ever. –I’ve never had a cavity. –I make a mean spaghetti sauce. –I’m a newcomer to yoga and I love it. –My day is not complete without a little chocolate.

29 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday–So Why DO I Read So Many Books?

  1. Brilliant list! I think that reading has expanded my vocabulary so much. I’m also sure it’s why I’m a good speller too. I see the written word so much, it has to have an impact. My to be read list has exploded since book blogging, but I’m definitely not complaining.

  2. I absolutely love your list 🙂 I love the explanations too.

  3. I agree on cheap and awesome entertainment from books, and being able to do it anywhere really is a plus. As long as I have a book or my Kindle, I am good to go 😀
    And books making bonds – yes! Great for meeting new friends with the same interests as you have.
    Happy reading!

    My TTT

  4. Haha, I like your point about home decorating… I really don’t need wall art in my living room because of the bookcases!

  5. heehee to the home decorating! I chose my current apartment because it had a small second bedroom with PLENTY of wall space for my bookshelves! =)

    Thanks for stoppin’ by! Have a great week!

  6. I love your list, sadly I get travel-sick so I can’t read very long on trains 😦

  7. Those are really awesome points! I totally agree with you 😀

    My Top Ten this week!

  8. What a great list! I agree that books make decorating a lot easier – my bookshelf in my room takes up half of a wall and it is amazing to wake up and look at all of my books.
    Check out my TTT list: http://booksavvyblog.blogspot.com/

  9. Love the list! Books are pretty much the main decoration in my room, so I completely agree

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  10. What a fun list!!!

  11. What a wonderful list! I agree with all your points…especially book portability (I always have a book with me) and your quote “Children cannot pursue what they are not exposed to.” So true! And bookcases…we have so many, too.

    • Bookcases are my favorite type of furniture to purchase! I know that chairs and tables, etc are important 🙂 but nothing gets my blood racing than figuring out that I actually DO have space for yet another bookcase!

  12. I love this ttt and seeing everyone’s reasons for being a reader and blogger.
    Awesome list ❤

    Here's our TTT
    Doris @ OABR

  13. This is honestly an amazing list. And I totally agree with the writing one! If I hadn’t of been a reader, I never would have even though to write. Plus, reading is definitely cheaper than, going to the cinemas or out to eat. 🙂 I love that it’s easily portable too. Particularly now with kindles, too! Here’s my TTT!!

  14. Agree with them all and No. 6 made me smile! I have just finished reading “The Silent Wife.” Couldn’t put it down. What a great premise to start a book. You know who is going to be murdered but not how or why. Thanks for your recommendation! Just finished Amy Tan’s “The Valley of Amazement” and now reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s “The Signature of All Things.”

  15. I absolutely love your list and agree with all your points! I love how I can read anywhere and everywhere, it’s why I always carry a book with me at all times. Great picks 🙂 My TTT.

  16. Great list and one I can definitely relate to. Reading has always been my preferred entertainment, and while I now enjoy watching films and TV shows as well, books will always be my top choice. I love that you included that books are so cheap – especially when you consider that they can give hours and hours, possibly weeks, of enjoyment and most of them are available for a few quid. And of course, the thoughts they can provoke can last a lifetime, I know I still spend time thinking about my favourite books.

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