The other day I ran a poll on twitter asking my fellow bloggers and readers what they’d like to see next on my blog and the highest percentage voted in favour of this post: Why I’m a reader. So I’ve decided to give the people what they want and post this today.
Just to give you a little of my reading history: Ever since the time first I learnt to read, I was obsessed. If you ask any of my family members they’ll all be able to tell you that you would never find me without a book in hand, no matter where I was. I’d go to my relatives houses and be reading whatever books they had to hand, from scientific encyclopaedias to memoirs and true stories. I’m really lucky to have parents which encouraged my love of reading and nurtured me.
I just loved books, no matter if they were fiction or non fiction. I’d be so excited to go to the library and find some new books, I remember literally getting butterflies, that’s how exciting I found it. That pure love of reading has always been a prominent feature in my life, to this day, as you have probably guessed as you’re reading this on my blog which is dedicated to books! It all comes full circle and I can’t imagine myself or the type of person I’d be, if I didn’t love reading. I can pinpoint a few ways in which reading has both changed my life for the better and who I am as a person which you’ll find below.
1.) Made me more open minded – Reading the massive variety of books I have read has allowed me to become a lot more open minded and aware of other peoples experiences and realities. Literature allows so many peoples voices to be heard and that’s truly amazing to me. There are books which tackle serious social issues through fiction, such as The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas or A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini to name just two of my favourites. Books like these allow people in all walks of life to connect and be moved, to gain knowledge and get passionate about injustice, and that’s so vital to me.
2.) Improved my vocabulary and writing – I genuinely believe my vocabulary and writing would be nowhere near as good if I didn’t read as much as I do. Every time I read, I learn new and incredible words which I simply wouldn’t know otherwise. Words like loquacious, mellifluous and fortuitous to name a few of my personal favourites. I really want to start writing down words I love and creating a little glossary for myself, if I didn’t study literature at University, I’d have loved to study etymology. I’m fascinated by words, their origins and how they can have such a powerful meaning.
3.) Makes me feel happy and less alone – Even when I’m having a really crappy day, reading one of my favourite stories or indulging in some good old fanfiction can change my mood. Sometimes I deliberately seek out sad books so I can cry and get all my emotions out and it’s so cathartic. While I read a lot and since I’m an emotional and sensitive person by nature, it doesn’t take a lot to get me going but I love when I find a book which really resonates with me. It’s such an indescribable feeling when you read what someone else has written and feel completely understood, you realise that there is someone out there who feels just how you do. You realise that your feelings are valid and important.
4.) Gives me an escape – I think every one is prone to indulge in a bit of escapism now and then but for me, books are the very best kind. It sounds cheesy but reading really does allow you to live all kinds of different lives, travel to distant lands and engage in all sorts of fantastical adventures.
5.) Gives me direction or purpose – While I still feel kind of lost at times and like I don’t know what the heck I’m doing in terms of my career, reading centres me. For a short time I thought I wanted to be a doctor and medicine was my path, that is until I took triple science for my GCSE’s and found that I was not scientifically inclined whatsoever. The only class I consistently enjoyed was English and it dawned on me that literature was my path. I still don’t know exactly what capacity I could work in publishing yet but I’m confident that it’s the field for me. So if there any lovely people who work in publishing reading this, let me know if you have any advice or tips for a graduate!
Hope you guys enjoy learning a bit more about me and why I love reading so much. Do you enjoy reading? If so, has it changed your life in any way? Let me know in the comments, would love to have a chat.
Until next time,