Top Ten Tuesday: Reasons Why I Love Reading

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I could have written a list two or three times this length! What a fantastic topic.

An open book lying spine down and pages fanned out while letting on a metal table. 1. It’s a healthy form of escapism.

2. It has introduced me to historical eras and events I may not know much about. I have no doubt this will continue to happen in the future!

3. It has let me meet people, both real and imagined, that I would have otherwise never met.

4. It gives me a chance to visit places I haven’t seen in real life yet.

5. It lifts my spirits when I’m sad and gives me hope when I’m going through a rough time.

6. It shows me the beauty in our world.

7. It can be a wonderful way to learn about how others live. For example, you can read books about characters from cultures you didn’t grow up in or who are dealing with sensitive issues that generally aren’t considered polite to ask about in many societies unless you know someone quite well. (Even then, there are plenty of things I’d never bring up unless the person experiencing it mentions it first and says it’s okay to ask questions!)

8. It can help you come up with new strategies to handle your own medical issues, experiences with prejudice, conflicts, etc. For example, I love reading books about other folks who have migraines or chronic headaches because of everything we’d have in common related to that.

9. It’s hopeful. I love reading about how past generations solved their biggest problems or how characters tackle issues that seem insurmountable at first.

10. It’s a wonderful way to make new friends though the blogging community and by discussing books with fellow readers.

80 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Reasons Why I Love Reading

  1. Love that you mentioned it helps introduce us to new coping strategies, it’s so true. Personally I’m a big fan of Quiet, by Susan Cain for that exact reason. It taught me so much about myself and what I need on a psychological level, and I’ve truly been a happier person since.

  2. What a great list of reasons! I agree with all of them. Especially lifting the spirit, discovering new places, healthy escapism. I found myself nodding with each of your points. 🙂

  3. Some wonderful reasons there. We might all love different kind of books but the reason for reading them seem to be very similar. I totally enjoyed your list. Thanks.

    And thanks for visiting my TTT earlier.

  4. This is the most important for me: “It can be a wonderful way to learn about how others live.” We have empathy for others, especially for those who are different from us.

    Great list, Lydia!

  5. Fantastic list! There is a great satisfaction when a character finally overcomes their obstacles and conquers their problems, it’s better yet when you can connect to that character or/and the issues they’re facing.

  6. I definitely agree with the Historical era periods that you can not read about from so many different perspectives. Most of the time we see it from a political point of view or a survivor’s point of view but not those who were living alongside one of these points of view. More importantly, we are learning about things that are sometimes never taught in school. Excellent list overall.

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