I can’t remember when or why or how I started reading books. What I do remember is that I can’t remember a time when books weren’t an important part of my life. I love to read and when I once heard someone say “I don’t read much, I have to read too much at work” I really thought I was going to have a heart attack. Is there even such a thing as “reading too much”?
I can’t get enough books. Often times I get annoyed if real life gets in the way of reading books. Because when I sink into a really good book…well, honestly, it’s like real life doesn’t even exist. I don’t hear my name called, I answer “mmmm hmmmm” to whatever is being said to me because I can’t hear the person talking. As in “Vickie, the house is on fire!” and my response is: “mmmm hmmmm” as I touch the floor to see if it’s warm yet or if I have enough time to read another chapter before I have to jump out the second story window.
Despite my love of reading, I do know that some people don’t start reading as early as I did. Or maybe they haven’t found “the book” that’s going to hook them into reading everything they can get their hands on. So, to help those folks along, this week’s #Top10Tuesday blog is ten reasons to start reading.
1. Reading increases learning. If you’ve ever felt like Joey Tribiani from FRIENDS who never could quite keep up with the rest of the gang when it came to worldly knowledge, reading just might be the thing for you. Reading leads to learning which leads to more reading and more learning and…well, you can see how the cycle continues.
2. An excuse for shopping. For all you serious shoppers out there, get your credit cards and your shopping bags ready! Whether you like to shop online, at the mall, or at thrift stores, reading means one thing: it’s time to buy more books as soon as you finish the last book that kept you up until midnight. And with e-books, you can fill up your cart to overflowing without having to break your back by carrying all those sacks into the house.
3. Finding your book boyfriend. If you’re still single, newly single, or thinking about being single again, you’ll need a good boyfriend. And why not choose one that doesn’t leave the toilet seat up, doesn’t have a crazy ex hanging around trying to make your life hell, and who always has rock hard abs? Open the right book and you’ll find the perfect book boyfriend.
4. For that perfect witty comeback. You know how it is, you’ve got that annoying colleague or ex-friend or acquaintance you have to deal with and you just need that perfect comeback. But you can’t think of it. Well, open up a book, because writers have all kinds of interesting quotes that might benefit you in your moment of need.
5. When you need an escape. Let’s face it, sometimes reality sucks. When life throws you curve balls or hands you lemons, forget about hitting them out of the park or making lemonade. Go get a good book! That’s where you’ll find good friends, great plot twists, and a couple hours reprieve from the chaos going on around you. Run; don’t walk, to the nearest book store when the drama starts to unfold.
6. Cheap travel. Have you been bitten by the wanderlust bug? Want to travel far and wide but don’t have the money to make it happen? Crack open a book and start traveling cheap. Finding books with maps in the front pages are great for this. It’s a visual aid, an alternate Rand McNally if you will, and you can explore the seas and wonders of the world without ever leaving your cozy little nest.
7. To learn a foreign language. This is closely related to #4 and the witty comeback. Want to tell that annoying person off, but need to be sly about it so that you don’t get into trouble? This is when a book is necessary. You can learn a bit of a foreign language, tell that someone off, and they’ll never be the wiser. It’ll also help in case you ever win the lottery and #6 becomes a thing of the past while you jet off to exotic places for real.
8. To occupy yourself in the passenger seat. As a frequent traveler, there’s nothing worse than sitting on a plane or in a car or on a cruise ship with nothing to do for hours on end. And the person next to you may not be interested in a long conversation or he might be hovering over his iPad, completely preventing you from reading over his shoulder. Pack a book (or twelve) or load up your e-reader with plenty of great reading for the trip. Because snoring and drooling on others in public transportation is frowned upon.
9. Practice the intelligent/sexy look. This works for men and women. There’s something about an intelligent looking individual with a pair of glasses and a classy outfit on. You just know these people are smarter, better looking, and probably good in bed. If you’re in need of a confidence boost or just trying on a new persona, try this. Get a book, get some glasses (or polish up the ones you already own), and get reading. Just remember to hold the book right side up, okay?
10. Because it’s good to express emotion. Never have I laughed more than when I read. And I don’t just mean reading the latest Archie comic either. Writers may be solitary in their chosen career, but they know how to create a character that hits you in the funny bone. Or can get even the toughest reader to muster up some tears. You can’t keep all those emotions bottled up inside anyway; it’s not good for the heart. So pick up a book and while you get to know the characters, learn new languages, or travel to faraway places, practice expressing emotions. Laugh, cry, get angry, and experience the embarrassment that comes with the main character’s latest debacle. Your heart will thank you.
And there you have it, my top ten reasons to start reading. What does reading do for you?