Ahhh, books. Such dear friends. If you’re reading this, odds are you love books just as much as I do. I could go on and on about why I love them so much, but I’ve whittled my list down to a few key points. Behold, my favorite things about books:
As cliché as it sounds, books inspire me to be myself. At only six years old, mystery books encouraged me to start writing, and I haven’t stopped. Fantasy stories inspired me to create my own fictional worlds. Classic literature inspired me to always look back to the incredible works which continue to resonate with humanity, generation after generation. Today, books inspire me to apply what I’ve learned from them to my writing, career, relationships, and everything in between. I mean, books are the reason I started a blog! I used to snub my nose at bloggers, but now I’ve become one of them. Without books, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. I would be far less creative, less curious, and wouldn’t be striving toward the goals which stemmed from my love of literature. Every novel I’ve read has impacted and shaped me in some way, and for that, I will be eternally grateful.
Every time I open a book, I do my best to think critically about the characters, plots, and ideas presented. I read for fun and to relax, but I also read to learn. Learning extends far beyond a classroom and is even better when it doesn’t feel like work. Literature is the perfect way to continue learning beyond school years. I take reading as a great opportunity to challenge myself to expand knowledge, consider new perspectives, and try to get inside the author’s mind. I think I’ve always done this, but I’ve become more conscious of it as I’ve gotten older. The excitement I gain from this challenge is definitely one of my favorite things about books.
Books are the perfect escape. They take me to far away lands, other time periods, and other parts of the world, and they immerse me in other people’s lives. No two books are the same. Even when I reread books, the experience is different than it was the first time. The book itself stay the same, of course, but my experience changes and thus changes my interpretation. I find this so thrilling and fascinating. The book feels familiar because I’ve read it before, but it also feels fresh and new.
Books have inspired so many real-life friendships for me. My friends and I talk about our current reads and lend books to one another. In taking books to work, I inadvertently inspired an unofficial work book club. My coworkers and I borrow books from each other and take a few minutes here and there to discuss them almost daily. On social media (especially bookstagram), I’ve made so many friends through accounts dedicated to books. The people I’ve met and bonded with through books are all wonderful people who share my passion for literature, and I’m so grateful books brought us together.
So there you have it, my favorite things about books. I could easily list hundreds of reasons to pick up a book, but those listed above are definitely the ones which resonate within me the most. Books inspire me, challenge me, thrill me, and bring me closer to others, and for those reasons, I will always keep turning the pages.