3 S.R. Johannes: Why I Read

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Why I Read

Why I Read 




Lately I've been pulling books from the shelf like a madwoman, flying through about five a week and going back for more. Most of them are YA fiction, usually dystopian or futuristic societies with a rebellious main character. I love it. Now, I get a lot of looks from people, and a lot of questions; how do I read that fast? Why do I always have my nose in a book? Now, the answer is simple, and I'll tell you five reasons why I read so much: 

1. First and Foremost, Reading Helps You Write

There's no doubt about it. If you're having trouble putting words on paper, reading a good book can help. Not because I didn't have the time or the energy, but because I had a simple case of writer's block. And do you know what the fastest way to cure writer's block is? You got it, reading. Letting your imagination roam across the words of other author's can open your own voice up. 

2. Reading is Relaxing

Not only is it entertaining, but reading helps you to relax. Perhaps it's being out of you own head for a while, or maybe it's just the physical act of sitting down and having your brain preoccupied, but a good book always does the trick. 

3. Books are Entertaining

As simple as that sounds, it's true! The stories we read in books allow us to create rather than watch. We envision the characters, the setting, the feelings - everything, with the author's words to guide us. It's an amazing process that is both entertaining and creative. 

4. There are No Limits

Seriously, none! When you're in a fantastical story, anything is possible, and the sky is the limit. The characters can do anything, and by default, so can you. That's the wonderful thing about reading; you can be a dozen people in one day, and do amazing things. 

5. You Can Travel

A book is the best way to see a dozen lands before bed, all from the comfort of your own brain. It certainly does feel like traveling, rushing from world to world as each chapter progresses. It's a fantastic feeling, being able to travel while sitting completely still. 

And there it is! Five reasons why I read so much and love it. The more books you pick up the farther you travel and the bigger your imagination gets, so might as well read as much as you can.


What's the best book you've read lately? Comment below! 


4 comments:

Librarian Lavender said...

I love this post and it's all very true! I read loads to and it's inspirational. With every page you learn something new. Reading broadens your horizons. It's the most wonderful thing there is...

Lena said...

I read Far From You by Tess Sharpe, this summer and I loved it. It was emotional but also had a great love story and mystery. I haven't been able to read a lot this semester because school work/ plus my detective literature class.

Melissa Gill said...

I wish I could read that fast! I'm reading a book called Song of the Mountain by Michelle Isenhoff. It's brilliant.

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

Love it guys! I'll have to pick up Far From You and Song of the Mountain, they sound good :) Reading really does broaden your horizons, I completely agree.