Jan 28, 2019

Reading - Loved by Some yet Loathed by Many

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Why do we read? 

Reading novels is an enjoyable experience for me because I am able to get lost in a book/novel; I get so caught up in the plot that it’s all that matters and I have to get to the ending no matter what. It’s like a mini race within my mind.
I’m also able to take on the personas of the characters; each main character is described in detail and I get to choose if I want to be the hero, damsel in distress or the villain (I prefer the villain). Finally, I’m able to escape from my normal life; if I feel stressed out from school or I’m being pressured by my family I just choose a novel and runaway to story-land. 

Everyone has a different experience when it comes to reading; some find it boring, some might have little interest but will still finish the story and others (like me) get so caught up in the story that it all seems real. I’ve come to realize that all these different experiences are based on the reader’s ability to allocate time to reading and having the patience to finish a story even if it gets boring. Another thing is that for some people reading thousands of words easily and quickly is a natural talent but it might take others days to finish a chapter and that has to do with a person’s interest. To put it simply, if I’m genuinely not interested in doing something it definitely won’t get done any time soon. This is the case for some people when it comes to reading; they’re just not interested. 

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Nowadays you can read almost anywhere; on the bus, on the toilet, while eating breakfast, even while exercising. How? Audio-books duh. But not only that, in this day and age eBooks are available and to top it off a lot of them are...yeah you guessed it...FREE. So what’s stopping you? I, on the other hand, prefer reading paperbacks (actual books) because there’s just something about cosying up under a blanket with a cup of hot chocolate, cocoa or tea (whichever I can get my hands on) and getting whisked away into story land. So I definitely don’t mind spending my hard earned money to buy a book for my bookshelf. Yes, I have a bookshelf and yes it makes me look smarter. Plus bookmarks are so cute and I’ll always buy a new book just so I can use one. 

Binge Reading 

Now that I think about it reading a book is like having a full season of your favorite TV series right in the palm of your hands. You control the pace and determine when the new episode will be released. Isn’t that cool? No more waiting for next week’s episode to find out if Jane chooses Rafael. (Insert corny Jane the Virgin reference). 

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It’s up to you to find the perfect book or one that interests you - that’s the challenge in reading. It’s like window shopping, you can browse all you want but you won’t buy a thing if nothing catches your eye. In this case, if the story-line/ plot doesn’t catch your eye or grab your attention you’re not gonna read it. Point blank. Basically, if you make a connection with the story-line or relate to the characters finishing the book will seem less like a hassle. You would actually push to finish the book quicker because you’re dying to know what’s going to happen next, probably even get excited about the next installment (if it has one) or even wish they made it into a movie. Trust me, I know. I’ve done this a million times but I haven’t convinced the authors to make the movies yet so I’m still waiting. I’ll keep you guys updated. 

Sometimes it even gets to the point where you’ll wish the book wouldn’t end and start reading slower or pause your reading in hopes that doing so would help. That my friend is the good ole binge reading effect. You rush through all the chapters until you realize that it’s almost done then you slow down and when you finally finish it you go into a mini depression period. And then the cycle repeats itself as soon as you find a new book to read. I know this all too well. 

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Why Reading is important

You might think you have other important or more interesting things to do but reading a book, whether online or a hard copy, can help you in many ways. Some of these you can probably list off the top of your head but here you go anyways:

+ Builds your imagination. When you read you’re able to not only understand the story but put yourself in the characters’ shoes as well. You see the story from their point of view and you get to empathize with them. That’s all good but the amazing thing is that you get to conjure up an image of each person/character, the scenery and all the action taking place (just like a movie). Plus more stories you read the stronger your imagination will become and you’ll find yourself adding details to these mental images or even creating your own story. 


 "A reader lives a thousand lives; you can travel through time, to different cultures, different countries, different worlds. - Unknown "

+ Improves your memory. Like I said before, you’re now able to build mental images based on what you read and even if you’re in the final chapter of the book you can still recall a scene from earlier in the story-line. It’s sort of like rewinding a movie but it’s in your mind. That’s because your memory improved while you were reading. Another way to know that your memory got stronger is your ability to explain the story to someone else and no matter how hard you try you’ll most likely end up giving a detailed explanation of the story. 

+ Strengthens writing skills. When you read your vocabulary improves tenfold and with an enhanced vocabulary strengthened writing skills are inevitable. These two elements go hand in hand as you can’t have one without the other. Furthermore, you’ll unconsciously begin to mimic the writing styles of the books you’ve read in your own writings, whether or not you choose to create your own stories. 

+ Reduces stress. A typical person might think that the best way to reduce stress is to start practicing self-care; taking a bubble bath, getting a spa treatment or massage, sipping wine and watching a movie. But many of you might not know that reading is a simple form of self-care. Being able to relax into your favorite spot on the couch with a good beverage (something hot or some wine) or snack and getting lost in a book does relieve your body of stress and pent-up frustrations. Your body will unwind you won’t even realize it until after you’re done reading.

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Reading for yourself isn’t a chore and it shouldn’t be one. Give yourself some personal time and indulge in a fictional story. You might be surprised at the results. 

Comment discussion 

1. Do you like to reading? 
2. What’s the last book/article you’ve read? 
3. Did you like it? 
4. Did you finish it? 

Leave your answers below ⬇️

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31 comments:

  1. I love reading and I love your blogs.
    Believe it or not your account really helps me.
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  2. Ironically I’m not a fan of reading books, but I think I have a pretty good vocabulary. Wonder where it comes from 🤔

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  3. I like reading, once its something that I'm interested in and I definitely prefer paper backs, guess I'm old school

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    1. Paperbacks just give a different experience.

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  4. I love reading when it has absolutely nothing to do with school work...I'll take a weekend to finish a novel and an entire semester to finish one chapter in a text.

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  5. Fantastic article! The binge reading effect is very relatable. I thought I was the only one who did that. I like reading if its for leisure.

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    1. I’m a binger and I don’t think I’ll grow out of it for a long while.

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  6. I almost always get caught up with time when I'm reading, as a rearly have spare time. Thanks for sharing your experience though. Interesting writing style. ♡

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    1. Thank you and I’m glad you like it.

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  7. I totally respect that some people don't enjoy reading but personally I love it and my Mum got me into reading at a very young age and books are a huge part of my life!

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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    1. My mom did too but she got worried when I was in high school and only read fan fiction.

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  8. I love reading. I find escaping into a book and being able to finish a book has now become a very rear treat for me. My best place to read is in my bathroom (they leave me alone). I love books they saved me.

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    1. My bathroom is also my favorite room in the house because of the privacy it gives me but my little sister hasn’t learned that yet so...

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  9. I have been trying to read more often because I miss my creativity! So far I have only been reading blog posts, but I have started reading WorkParty and I am loving it! I used to read so much, so now it's time to get back into that.

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    1. Same. I have untouched books in my Wattpad and I’m dying to read them but I have no time.

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  10. It has been a while since I read a book, you juste made me remember how I feel when I read makes me wanna grab a book right now

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    1. I’m glad it had that effect and just give in to it. Find a book and binge gurl!

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  11. I used to a lot like three books in one week but I’ve become lazy. For the past few months I’ve been trying to regain myself where reading is concerned. Currently reading a book which I find interesting but I can’t seem to finish idk ��.. anyways I will. I hope to get some of your bookshelf collection to spark up my reading again. - SB

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    1. I’ll see if I can make a post about it soon.

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  12. I love reading! But I have to make an effort to take the time to read, because it's easy to get caught up in other things. But once I start a book, I normally get caught up in the story and go through a phase of reading lots! I'm currently reading 'The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris' by Jenny Colgan and I'm really enjoying it, it makes me want to visit Paris!

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    1. That sounds like an interesting book so I’ll add it to my list. Don’t know when I’ll get time to read it though.

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  13. I'm not a big fan of reading, but I love to write, sometimes lol. The last story I read was a piece written by a friend.. I loved this blog though and somehow it has put about 40% more interest in me to read a book

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    1. Mission accomplished. Now I just have to get the remaining 60% of you on board.

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  14. Oh, such a nice post. I love reading. I read every day and I love it. Love everything about it. Reading time is ma favourite time of the day.

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    1. I’m jealous you get to read everyday but I’m glad you do.

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  15. I think it's very important to encourage others to pick up a book and read. It truly is so important in one's development. It's our responsibility to get the younger ones to make it a habit in their lifestyle routines! Great post! :-)

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    1. Yes! And I love that it’s a subtle form of self care for people feeling stressed out.

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