‘What has it got in it’s nasty little pocketses?’ Mmm, a book…

Posted On 7 June 2016

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Every Tuesday over at the  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  The topic this week is:

Ten Reasons I Love ‘X’

The ‘x’ in question is up to you to choose, books, authors, characters, etc.  The choice I’m going for is ‘books’.  Nice and simple and ten reasons why.

  1. Get to travel to places out of this world:  no matter how fast the jet or how clever the rocket scientists – we don’t have a way to travel down a rabbit hole to Wonderland, through a wardrobe to Narnia, over a rainbow to Oz or across Middle Earth to the lands of Mordor.  All you need to get to these places is a book, your imagination and a bit of time to sink into your own bubble.
  2. Entertainment value: whatever your love or hobby is in life you can probably find a book that will have it covered.  I pretty much read fiction these days and mainly stick to SFF although I also like novels set in certain historical periods, thrillers and chillers and there is an abundance of books out there to keep me happy!
  3. Educational: reading books definitely improves your grammar and vocabulary but on top of that you’re constantly picking up random facts or little tidbits of information without even realising.  Certainly reading historical books has made it easier for me to remember all the wives of Henry VIII than a history lessen ever seemed to do.
  4. No wasted time: if I’m waiting for somebody, I’ll read a book, if I’m travelling somewhere, I’ll read a book, if I’m early for an appointment, I’ll read a book, it makes the time pass quicker and seems more fun that huffing and puffing and getting exasperated.
  5. A good way to relax: particularly at the end of the day.  Go to bed and read a few pages, or more, before going to sleep.
  6. Make friends: okay, I’m not being silly and I’m not talking about the characters in the book – although I do love a good character in a book – just that through reading and then blogging I’m met a great community of like minded people who are great to geek out with over favourite books, are always good for giving advice and are definitely happy to recommend a good book to add to Mount TBR.
  7. Safety blanket – especially on public transport!  It means I get to avoid making eye contact with a whole bunch of people who seem to have singled me out to make best friends with!
  8. Exercise – all those times that I’m so absorbed in a book that I actually miss my stop and have to walk.
  9. Aspirational: makes me want to own my own library 😀  Well, I can dream, and in the meantime I have a few shelves and a lot of stacks.
  10. So much better than tv.  Don’t get me wrong, if I find a good film or series I love it – but they seem increasingly few and far between these days.

 

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37 Responses to “‘What has it got in it’s nasty little pocketses?’ Mmm, a book…”

  1. rosemawrites

    oooh. i can relate with all my dear! most of all, i love number 5. 🙂 books are my chill pill, too! 😉

    • @lynnsbooks

      My husband only has to crack open a book and it makes him tired – bit too chilled really – takes him 12 months to read one book!
      Lynn 😀

  2. Curious Daisy

    Love how you´re keeping your list simple. Yes, books are better than TV hehe. Happy reading! http://www.curious-daisy.com/top-ten-tuesday/8-reasons-why-i-love-blogging/

  3. Jamie Wu

    Haha, I love no 8. I’ve not experience it before, but it would totally be something I would do. I’m so engrossed I wouldn’t realize things happening around me. Sometimes I wonder what would happen if a fire started while I was reading a book.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’ve missed my station or stop a few times and had to walk a bit – fortunately I don’t read and walk – that would be too dangerous for me! Probably walk into a bin or a post – OR THE ROAD!
      Lynn 😀

      • Jamie Wu

        I actually read while I walk sometimes. Never on the road though. I’ve walked into pillars and poles and people among others. Haha. I should really put them down, but I just NEED to know what happens next.

      • @lynnsbooks

        That’s my problem when I’m travelling into work and missing my stop!
        Lynn 😀

  4. Lillian @ Mom With a Reading Problem

    100% agree with all of these especially number 10. We got rid of cable in April and I haven’t looked back. I read more than I watch as it is 😀
    My TTT

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I’m not great with tv – I’m pretty sick of reality television and I prefer to watch any really good series on a box set with no waiting in between episodes.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    Great list! Especially numbers 4, 7 and 10! 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks – No.10 – I do watch very little tv – it’s difficult in a house where people game all the time anyway and on top of that I prefer to buy a series on box set and watch it in fairly short order.
      Lynn 😀

      • Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

        You are living my life! Yeah, everyone else in my house is constantly gaming. We even have multiple consoles so they can play “together” in different rooms or play different things. Whatever they want. I just go read a book. I do enjoy an occasional binge watch though! 🙂

      • @lynnsbooks

        Yeah, same – everyone playing in different rooms of the house! Crazy. So I rarely watch tv – it sort of suits me though. We wait until there’s a series that seems to look good and buy the box set to binge watch.
        Lynn 😀

  6. jessicabookworm

    Great list – I have to agree with all of them except the last one, as I currently have far too much TV recorded!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I do watch tv series – but I wait until they’re concluded and on box set – that way I can watch them in quick succession – like Bleak House, Vikings, Breaking Bad, Sopranos, etc. Mean I don’t have to wait in between episodes and also I’m so useless and end up missing one here and there.
      Lynn 😀

      • jessicabookworm

        I don’t tune in in each week for shows either. I record everything because I hate adverts and then I can watch in binges, except for Game of Thrones because I simply can’t wait a week for the new episode!

  7. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    All great reasons, every single one of them. But the best one, IMHO, is that a world without books would be an empty place… 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I don’t even want to think about that – I think I’m all traumatised now just with the notion of it! LOL
      Lynn 😀

  8. Carmen

    All great reasons to pick up a book. Here is to us, bookworms everywhere!

  9. DJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape)

    I agree with all these numbers! I’ve notice that the more and more I’ve gotten into reading, in the past few the years, the harder and harder it is for TV shows to catch my attention. Outside of baseball and Master Chef, I watch nothing on TV – or Netflix.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I do watch some television – more films though really. I tend to watch series when they’re all complete so I can watch the full series pretty quickly. I don’t like waiting a week in between!
      Lynn 😀

  10. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    It is always amazing to meet new people who share the same love for the kinds of books you enjoy. I’m sad I don’t get to talk about SFF outside of the internet, because even though I know plenty of readers in my life, none of them seem to read spec fic!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Same. People look really pleased when they know you read but then they seem to glaze over when you tell them what type of books you really like! So sad – which is why I love blogging. I get to talk about the books I love and get recommendations from like minded people – and, I don’t have to bore all my friends talking about those books (because they clearly aren’t interested!)
      Lynn 😀

  11. Greg

    I agree about traveling to other places- that’s the best. That and #5- just relaxing. I’d rather relax w/ a book than pretty much anything else.

  12. Kyra

    Yes, I love this! I love how books make everything better, really. :’)

    Kyra @ Blog of a Bookaholic
    My TTT Post!

  13. Got My Book

    Great list. LOL #8. And I have definitely experienced #3. People are often surprised by the things I’ve learned in novels.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Books definitely help you to pick up random bits and pieces of information.
      Lynn 😀

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