Here are some of the many reasons why I am thankful for books.
1. They’re an easy form of entertainment when I’m sick or injured.
2. They introduce readers to people from all walks of life. I’ve learned so much about other cultures from them!
3. They don’t come in arbitrary sizes that are somehow different in every single library or bookstore out there or require you to use a fitting room before selecting which paperback to bring home. (Can you tell I really don’t like shopping for clothes? Ha!)
4. They teach us about the world around us and how things work. This is especially true if you read nonfiction, but fiction can be educational as well.
5. They work when the power goes out. Unless you’re using an e-reader or listening to an audiobook, you never have to worry about draining the battery too much or charging a book up again.
6. They’re (often) soothing when you’ve had a bad day.
7. They (often) encourage readers to assume the best of others and work to make life more fair and harmonious for everyone…or at least many of the books I read do this!
8. They encourage the development of your imagination.
9. They introduce you to all sorts of lovely new people…just like the friendly folks I’ve met as a result of Top Ten Tuesday.
10. They’re a great bonding activity when you read a book aloud with kids or other adults.
11. They’re a free form of entertainment if you’re like me and also use your library card regularly. This is such an important thing for people who are lower income or who have a very limited entertainment budget for other reasons. I am so grateful.