I cannot imagine a life without books, or the modern take on books…my trusty kindle. When we sit down with our books the world around us fades away. We are pulled into another time and place, where our imagination turns the ordinary into the extraordinary.
As a child we are taught that trolls live under bridges waiting to gobble up unwary travellers, we are taught that a frog can be turned into a prince with a kiss, and we are taught that the ugly monster under our bed may want nothing more than to borrow our book.
As an adult our taste can shift away from the fantastical, and we seek something much more diverse from the books we read. We can enjoy anything from a biography that lets us see through the lens of a real persons life, to a fantasy novel not so different from some of the stories we enjoyed as a child.
The books we read can make us laugh or cry. They can shock us, or surprise us. They can take us for a wild ride.
In the world without imagination, there are no monsters under our bed. I guess some people prefer that simple, unfettered life.
But I’m planning to spend a lot more time, in a place where even monsters read.
I am going to confess something…I love reading as much as I love writing…and I love writing an awful lot.
So I thought I would share some excellent reasons / excuses to read a little more.
It makes us better writers.
When we read we consciously and subconsciously pick up all kinds of amazing tips whether it is impactful word placement, a descriptive style, or story flow, reading a good book will help it all.
Expands our vocabulary and intelligence.
When we read we expose ourselves to new words, new ideas, and new perspectives. Every time we read a book we have an opportunity to learn.
It fires up our imagination.
When we read we meet new characters and travel to amazing places that can fire up our imagination.
It reduces stress.
Reading is known as a flow activity. This means that when we read we let our worldly troubles go and submerge ourselves in another world. Time passes swiftly…it’s a great way to make things like a boring daily commute bearable.
It makes us happy.
I think this goes without saying, but if you have a book with you adventure is only a few pages away.