Reasons to read a book

“The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.”― Alan Bennett

Here are reasons for you to read a book:
  • Within one book, there is an entire world.
  • Books are quiet. They do not demand noise or space. All you need is your hands to hold the book and your eyes to see it.
  • Books let you see through somebody else's eyes, they can even make you understand yourself and those closest to you better. 
  • Reading helps to expand your vocabulary ― you don't need to be an aspiring writer to understand the value of words. When our vocabularies expand, we learn new and more efficient ways of describing ourselves and our feelings. Being able to put into words how one feels is incredibly powerful!
  • Reading teaches you to see and appreciate the little things in life. A book writer's role is to not only seat you in their world but to give you legs to walk in it. When describing a room, tiny details and descriptions help the reader travel to its place. It's the little things like a crooked window or yellow cup that end up bringing us there.
  • Books are dreams written with ink. A story about dragons or fairies or talking cats? Sure, why not! Books don't beg you to ask "could this happen in real life?" Books just are, we can escape safely through them.
  • When you read, the author can only describe so much about a character or a feeling, it's up to your imagination to build the pictures in your head. This is why a movie will never be as great as a book because you are relying on somebody else's painting. When you read, you become the paintbrush.
  • I could buy a ticket for the train or I could sit on my porch and read a book, either way I'm traveling to a new place.
  • Better writing skills ― whether you're a poet, writer of stories, or writer of songs, reading is the greatest tool you can be equipped with to become a better writer.
  • Reading is healthy for you, just like exercising your body, your brain deserves to stay sharp too. 
  • Whether by route of fiction or non-fiction, a book has the power to change you and in doing so can grow violets and sunlight inside of your mind.
  • You don't have to read only 'classics.' I once read a fishing manual of my uncle's and it moved me in ways only the ocean could. You never know where you'll find that sentence, story, or character that awakens something inside of you. 
Open your books! What are you reading today?

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15 comments:

  1. I love the insights in this post (and the outfit too of course!) Cheers! :)

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  2. I'm re-reading classics, The sun also rises and Anna Karenina the moment.

    /Avy

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  3. This outfit, oh my goodness, you are just gorgeous! :)
    As a Literature student, I got very excited on reading the title of this post... people truly underestimate reading, it's power and timelessness. Books can take you to whole new worlds :) X

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  4. Those boots are wonderful!
    I agree wholeheartedly with this post, I do love to get lost in my imagination assisted by a good book.

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  5. This is such a great post! I absolutely love books, reading is like magic ♥
    Amy xx

    Little Moon Dragon

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    1. You are so right, Amy. Reading brings endless joy :)

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  6. Ahh, I've just been talking about my favorite book on my blog --a fairy tale book --and now I come across this! Synchronicity is a good thing :). I agree with everything you say. I'd add one more thing from my experience: while reading beautifully written books, I experience immense pleasure. Like, you know, eating something delicious. Or being mesmerized by a view. It's the same kind of thing to me when I read a perfectly beautiful sentence.

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  7. I'm currently reading about the history of the piccolo for my thesis. It's lovely to get a background on an instrument I love to play, and I really feel like I understand why it's built the way it is, and why it sounds the way it does. Also, I love your outfit. It's really beautiful :)

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    1. The piccolo, what a sweet instrument to play! I love reading about banjo too, knowing the history of these instruments and their strings brings an extra magic to us playing them.

      Thank you for your comment ~ If only you lived near, I'd love to listen to you play. xo

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  8. Such a beautiful post! You spotlighted all the reasons why I love to read :)
    Lucia @Reading Is My Breathing

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  9. Those boots! ♥ Oh you put together the prettiest outfits. And you're making me crave a good book like kids crave sugar!

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  10. If I ever needed another excuse to read, I'm sure I'd love to use one of these lovely points! And your boots are gorgeous. I'm admiring a ton of knee-high boots, but have yet to find a pair for myself. :) ❤

    xox,
    bonita of Lavender & Twill

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  11. Poetic and passionate argument for books + a cute outfit? Lovely!

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  12. Absolutely agree on every point! Especially the "read everything", I'm curious now what was that fishing manual, I want to read it! :D I'm currently reading "The Moral Animal - Why we are the way we are" very exciting anthropology ^_^
    I love this sweater mixed with the florals like that, sooo pretty!

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  13. Great photos!Great post!

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