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:
- 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!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!