To be honest, by coming to this site, your love for reading may be strong. But if it isn’t, or if it has waned over the years in favour of those other distractions in your life, such as Facebook or Netflix, then we are here to give you some impetus to get your nose back into a book.
Here are the reasons why you should renew your love for reading.
#1: You will experience other realities. Let’s face it, the reason why many of us loved to read in the first place was to escape the reality of our own life. Stepping into the pages of a good book transforms our existence, as we are transported into another world, be that in the literal sense with the fantasy works of Tolkien and Pratchett, or through the perspective of others into this world, but with experiences perhaps far removed from our own.
#2: Reading can be nostalgic. There are various things you can do with your old books, such as giving them away to a charity or lending/giving them to your friends, but don’t be too hasty. By rereading some of those books, you will be taken back to the time when you last read theim. Especially if you have any of your old children’s books lying around, such as an Enid Blyton or a Winnie the Pooh, you will gain those nostalgic memories of what it was like to be a child, and perhaps experience the memory of what is like when your parents read to you.
#3: Books can change your life. Books have the power to change our lives, give us new perspectives, and inspire us to do things we may never have dreamed of otherwise. From the non-fiction Warren Buffett books to read, with investment advice to help you make your fortune, to the fictional world of Douglas Adams’ Hitchhikers series which will give you the answer to the meaning of life (the answer, of course, is 42), your life may be forever altered. Okay, that last one may not quite be life-changing, but pick up such fiction as ‘The Kite Runner’ by Khaled Hosseini, a book that will inspire you to find beauty in the dark times of your life, or ‘Midnight’s Children’ by Salman Rushdie, a book that will change your perspective on destiny, and your mind will be stretched in ways you never thought possible.
#4: Reading can boost your creativity. They say we all have a book inside of us (whoever ‘they’ are), so if you have ever wanted to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) to create your work of fiction or non-fiction, then you won’t get far without reading. By picking up a book from an established author, you will get a sense of how to write within a range of styles, while picking up inspiration from the themes and ideas in front of you. Reading the works of others will give you the excitement and incentive to get your thinking cap on, and bring your writing to the next level. And, of course, there are also those non-fiction books to read, those tomes that will teach you the craft of writing (or any subject) with advice from experienced authors, so be sure to add some of them to your reading list.
So, put down your smartphone, switch off the tv, and pick up a book. It could be the best thing you do today, for any of the reasons we have described above. Let us know what you think.