Top 5 Reasons I Love To Read

Shanah, over at the Bionic Book Worm, has asked us to pick our Top 5 Reasons I Love To Read, for this week’s challenge. And really, when all is said and done, don’t we all just need one reason to read: because we love to.

But, she’s asked for 5, so here goes, I’m listing my top five reasons:

#1. Stories — Because of the stories, stories that transport us to other places, other times, even other dimensions. We can literally go anywhere in space and time.

#2. Characters — All those crazy, quiet, mixed-up, funny, annoying characters, character we fall in love with, characters we hate. Characters we want to be when we grow up.

#3. Books — Yes, it’s true, some of us love books because of the way they look, or how they smell, or, just because we want them, we need them. We have to have them, even if we’re broke. We horde them like a dragon does their treasure.

#4. Knowledge — Reading brings us knowledge, and knowledge is a powerful tool.

#5. Development — Like knowledge, reading helps us with critical thinking, helps build vocabulary, and feeds our dreams and imagination.

In short, reading let’s us take flight! And you, what are your top 5 reasons if any?

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  1. January 15, 2019

    Of course the characters!!! They are my favorite part and my friends fictional or not 😉

    • January 15, 2019

      Ha! Ha! You forgot ‘characters’, Sophie? You of all of us love your characters! 😉

  2. January 15, 2019

    I’m so with you with stories and characters. I also read because I’m relentlessly curious and love the unknown premise of a new book. Then there’s my imagination that just compels me to read. Imagining the impossible, something that is up there in the stars… and then there’s nostalgia. That would probably be my fifth reason I enjoy reading.

    • January 15, 2019

      Oh, I know, Vera. I think that’s just part of what draws us to reading (and yes, also writing too!) The chance to explore other worlds, as well as people, and find out things we never knew. And, yes, you’re right, I forgot about nostalgia too. Another compelling reason. 😀

  3. January 15, 2019

    Lovely list!
    I defo agree on the development part and feel kinda passionate about it. Every now and then i have people making comments how reading fiction is useless time wasting. The amount of random stuff i learned from fiction is incredible. My friends usually refer to me as a walking encyclopedia. 😀
    And then you have those people who never read a thing, and are super proud of being ignorant and never having heard about things. Ugh…
    Myea, like i said, i feel kinda passionate about this… 😀

    • January 15, 2019

      Thanks, Norrie, and I agree, learning and development are up there along with escapism. I couldn’t think of life without books and reading, as like you, I think I’ve learnt a great deal. And not just from non-fiction. Do people realise how much work a SF author puts into writing realistic science?

      And fantasy authors, making such compelling characters, in worlds of magic that sound so realistic. I could go on, but I’ll step down off my soap box! 😉

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  5. Love his list Alexandra!

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