Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is ten reasons I love reading.
One. Escapism is the biggest reason that I love reading. I’ve been reading to escape the world around me for as long as I can remember.
Two. More recently, (in the last five years or so), I’ve started actively reading to broaden my perspective. I’ve always loved to read so I can learn about the experiences of others. But in more recent years, I’ve purposefully sought out books by people that are different from me and I really enjoy experiencing new things via fiction that I wouldn’t encounter in my every day life.
Three. This one is aimed specifically at reading romance. I love to see a happy ending. So, I always love to pick up a romance novel when I need a pick me up.
Four. I love reading because the concept that reading words that came from someones brain and have been printed onto paper is sort of a mind fuck. I love that these words can make me feel so many emotions and really have an effect on me.
Five. This is a newer reason. I love reading because when I’m doing it, I feel like I’m setting a good example for my daughter. She’s almost three now and because she sees me reading so often, she also loves to grab a book and come sit with me so we can read together. I can only hope I’m creating another lifelong bookworm like myself.
Six. I read for nostalgia. What I mean by that is that part of the reason that I’m such a bookworm is because when I was a kid, I would go to my mom’s house for the weekend and my mom, my nana, and I would all sit outside (weather permitting) and read together while my brothers rode bikes or whatever. So, I will always love reading for the fond memories of sharing books with my mom and my nana.
Seven. This sort of goes hand in hand with number six, but, I love reading because of the memories it creates. This one is more about memories with specific books rather than people. Looking for Alaska by John Green will forever be one of my all time favorite books because I read it in high school at a time when I really needed it. I genuinely think that this book saved my life. I have a few books that have some really sentimental meaning like this for me.
Eight. The people that reading brings together is another big reason I love reading. So, similar to my answer for number six, Antonia and I are friends because we bonded over Twilight by Stephenie Meyer when we were 14 years old. I have also made countless friends online that have become so much more than just online friends all because we love reading. I think the connections that fellow readers create is definitely one of my favorite things that I love about reading.
Nine. I love reading because while I’m lost in a book, I can travel to places I likely won’t get to see in my regular life, but I also will be to see places that aren’t real.
Ten. Honestly, when it comes down to it, I love reading because it makes me feel. Sometimes good, sometimes sad, but I can always find a book for what I’m needed at the time.
Why do you love reading?
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.