‘What has it got in it’s nasty little pocketses?’ Mmm, a book…
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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- Exercise – all those times that I’m so absorbed in a book that I actually miss my stop and have to walk.
- 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.
- 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.