Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly topic hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.
For today’s topic, you can find out a little about me and why I love to read.
- Learning: This may be obvious but reading to learn is amazing! Not only learning from non-fiction books but getting the chance to learn from fiction books as well. Fictional books are wonderful ways to learn about how people feel or think, to see a new point of view. It’s amazing to be able to dive into someone else’s head for those hours.
- Escapism: Of course, most people read for escapism. To leave this horrid world or our own problems behind while we are reading.
- Helps me Dream: Being able to dream not just want my future can hold but also places I can visit and the dreams that I can have for myself.
- Develops empathy: I’m not saying my empathy is as developed as it is because of books (my parents and grandparents also probably helped with that) but they were a huge cause of my increased empathy.
- Improves my own writing: Reading books, and a variety of books at that, helps me with my own writing. Not only with the writing itself but with creating my own stories and characters.
- Keeps my brain busy: For some reason, reading is one of the few things that I can do without losing concentration. Listening to a podcast, watching tv/movie, etc. I need to have something for my hands to do. Reading I can do for all hours of the day, and I’m fine.
- Memory: Reading helps with improving memory.
- Relieves Stress: This really applies to poetry more than other books. But reading does help lower my stress levels and calm down after the day.
- Challenges my perspective: I know I’ve already said it helps me learn, and this is closely related, but this helps me challenge my own views and makes me think about why do I think or believe in this idea or belief. What lead me to it? Why do I believe in so and so?
- It’s just fun: At the end of the day, reading is just fun for me! Learning new stories, ideas, meeting new people, learning another culture, finding out more about myself or the world, is all so much fun!
Happy Reading Darlings!