Reading is beneficial on so many levels that it’s hard to write a simple myTake about it. If you are one of these people who considers themselves a bookslut, then you can just go ahead and read my last question in this Take.
If you hate reading, find it boring, and tell yourself that you just don’t have the time, could it be that you just haven’t found the right material that has grabbed you? Perhaps when we were younger, being forced to write book reports in school on books we wouldn’t have otherwise cared to read, it might have left some people resenting reading altogether.
Finding your favourite books are no different than knowing what kind of movies you like. You simply get to know an author that writes in a way you can enjoy, or find a genre that appeals to you. Though it takes a bit more effort to read a book than watch a TV show or movie based on a book – the imagination that you create is second to none of whatever the creativity can be found in film because it’s your brain doing all of the cinematics.
Reading definitely exercises your brain as it dumps more information to enclose. If reading a novel doesn’t excite you, try books about where your interests lie personally. If you are having trouble dealing with a breakup, this is a great way to make sense of why you feel the way you do. Simply try the self-help section to find out how to cope. If you are experiencing depression, loss in the family, fear getting older, or anything that you want to find out more about what makes you tick – your understanding through books turns on a light for you.
The beauty about reading is once you start, often times it can become a pleasant habit. Reading before sleep has always been known to help tire your eyes naturally rather than staring at a bright, backlit tablet scrolling through your Facebook feed.
Those who read are also interesting. If you’re ever in a coffee shop or on the bus and notice someone reading, usually they have all the confidence to shut out the world and enjoy their book. Reading is a conversation-starter, and asking someone what they’re reading will give you an opportunity to talk. Plus…readers take pride in what read, often recommending books that they love.
To those who hate reading, I guess my question to you is: why? To those who love reading, and are on the same page as me, so to speak, then my question to you is: what are you reading now?