Why do you like reading books? That’s a question I often get asked in a horrified tone by the non-bookish people in my life. People who never read, don’t understand why I do. I’ve long since given up trying to win them over to reading. In fact, I often turn the question back on them and ask ‘Well, why don’t you like reading?’ For me, reading is something I do as naturally as I breathe. I just have to read because I love it. But let me try to delve a little further into the ‘why’.
I love to read because I’m interested in the world and other cultures. I can learn so much about places I may never go from reading about them. Or I end up visiting these places because I’ve read so much about them. One of the reasons I went and lived in the UK for a year and a half was because of all the English literature I read. I can also learn about different experiences and points-of-view such as what it’s like struggling with your sexuality, or dealing with racism, or living in poverty.
I love to read because I’m curious about other people’s thoughts and experiences, even if they are fictional characters. Sometimes what a character is going through is something that I can relate to and sometimes it’s completely out of my realm of experience and helps me develop empathy.
I love to read to escape from everyday life and its issues. When you’re on your way to work on a bleak, rainy Monday, how good is it to lose yourself in a story completely different from your current situation?
I love to read because I enjoy it. Some people like jogging, others are into watching sport or singing, my hobby is reading. There’s nothing I like better than opening a new book and feeling excited about its contents.
I love to read to be entertained by a story. Don’t get me wrong, I like watching TV and films as well, but nothing beats using your imagination to picture people and places.
I love to read to share my experience with others. That’s why I like blogging and bookstagramming because I can discuss my thoughts on a book with other book lovers. Reading is such a solitary experience so it’s great to hear other people’s opinions about a book.
I love to read because reading inspires me. It inspires me to write my own stories. It inspires me to try a new recipe, or start a health kick, or improve myself in some way.
I love to read because it makes me feel so many emotions: sadness, joy, pain, anger. Sometimes it’s good to get in touch with a whole range of feelings.
I love to read because it makes me happy—even if it’s a tear-jerker. Curled up with a book is my happy place.
Why do you like to read? Tell me in the comments below.