Reading has always been an inseparable element of my life. It defines me and makes me complete. It gives me a sense of contentment and security in this fast-moving, hasty world. Reading, to me, is meditation. It gives me time to reflect on characters, on setting, on plot and also, my life. So without further ado, let’s get into my ‘5 Reasons why I Read’ and why I think you should.
1) To escape life.
Now, everyone’s life isn’t perfect. A lot of things are messed up, and they can take up so much of your time. While juggling things between my life at school and home, it gets stressful. Sometimes I need to pause, to take a break and to slow down. Reading is an epitome of relaxation. Whenever I’m stressed or don’t want to think about anything else, I slip into any world without having to go anywhere; the 1950s in Ava Lavender’s (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton) strangely beautiful world or the City of Lights with Anna (Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins). For those 30 minutes on the bus, I get to escape hell and enter heaven. I don’t mean to say that all books are meant for the pleasure of relaxation. Some books do get me worked up, but reading definitely provides me a platform to contemplate my life in ways I wouldn’t have ever imagined.
2) To gain perspective
All humans have all kinds of backgrounds. Stories they want to tell, experiences they want to share, and knowledge they want people to acknowledge. And when they write about it, it’s totally bad-ass! Whichever genre I read, I definitely gain some new perspective and a new or different way of looking at the things I used to before. My favorite genre is YA contemporary, and books like ‘The Fault in Our Stars‘ by John Green and ‘If I Stay‘ by Gayle Forman have made me look at life in a whole new different way. Jenny Han, the author of ‘P.S I Still Love You’, has incorporated authentic and societal social issues along with its dazzling romance. Similarly, Huntley Fitzpatrick’s ‘My Life Next Door’ has noteworthy politics and political games included in the contemporary novel.
3) To improve and learn about my writing style
Apart from reading, I also love writing and you can tell from this blog. However, I’m still unsure about the kind of writer I am. I’m not sure about what I am good at writing yet, but I am in the process of figuring it out. I don’t know if I’m good at writing romance, good at writing about advice, good at writing poems or good at writing about social issues. Reading has helped me get exposed to different writing styles and has helped me experiment with them. Maybe not today, but someday, I will know what kind of a writer I am. And for those of you who don’t intend on writing, reading is the place for you to polish and perhaps develop your writing style. You may not be a writer, but that doesn’t mean you can refrain yourself from writing college essays.
4) To expand my vocabulary
I would have added this in the 3rd point if I didn’t have so much to say about it. To be a good writer, anyone needs to have a usage of decent vocabulary, if not fancy or extravagant. Reading has helped me learn so many new words that I possibly couldn’t count. Learning vocabulary doesn’t have to be boring, in fact when I’m reading, even though I’m not necessarily paying attention to new words/terms/phrases, I find myself remembering and using them. At least that’s what happens to me.
5) To get into the shoes of characters
As much as I love a good plot-driven story, I also enjoy a good character-driven one. This might be a little similar to the 2nd point, but, that was to gain perspective from the book, and this is to gain perspective on the characters of the book. To see me in different characters, in their worlds, stories, situations and to have an insight into their personality is so enjoyable. Sometimes I relate with a few characters right away, but sometimes it takes some time. For example, it was easy for me to relate to Isla (Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins) because both of us seemed to have similar insecurities. However, it took some time for me to relate to Cath (Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell) and surprisingly, there were many ways in which I could. But when I don’t relate to the characters, I have fun by learning about the uniqueness of that person. I didn’t relate to Tris (Divergent by Veronica Roth), but I understood her. Moreover, getting into the shoes of different characters helps me understand different kinds of people and analyze their psyche.
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