So I saw someone tweet earlier this week that because they bought a book they have no life. Usually I would just ignore a comment like that, brush it of, but it really annoyed me. Why do people think buying a book means you no longer have the same social life that you did before?
This annoyed me because I have always been a reader, as have my entire family. I used to beg my parents to take me to the library for new books when I was younger. I remember going to the library on a Saturday, coming home with three books (most likely The Babysitter’s Club) and reading all three books within a few days. My parents have shelves and shelves of books, as do I and my sisters. Many books have been given away to charity as we grew out of them. I have to re-read my book collection because I can’t really afford to get a new book every time I finish one.
I really don’t mean this in a bragging way but I’m a very fast reader, which is only natural since I’ve been reading books since I was 4 years old. I’m always reading a book, to me there’s nothing better than curling up with a good book and cup of tea on a rainy day. Reading is a natural part of who I am – but does being such an avid reader mean I have less of a life than those who don’t read? No, it just means I spend less time watching endless hours of tv or playing video games.
There are so many benefits to reading actual books, newspapers and magazine articles, not just Facebook updates and tweets. Reading can be great at reducing stress. Had a bad day at work? Curl up with a good book and get lost in an amazing story, which will make you forget all about your bad day and relieve tension. You’ll also gain more knowledge: when you read you learn so many new things, you become aware of what it was like to live in different era’s, different ways of life and different places. You can even learn things from fiction books – new concepts of magical worlds or new societies. You might even become more self-aware and identify with a character or situation, and learn how to deal with a certain situation. The more you read, the more new words you are exposed to, and those words could make their way into your every day vocabulary. Being well-spoken can be a great help in many expressions, and can increase self-confidence. Being exposed to more words will also help you to develop your writing skills, as you see many different writing styles and structures from different authors.
Those are only some of the many benefits of reading. I really hope that this idea of readers being snobs or not having lives will soon stop, because that is not the case. Why should we be looked down on for reading when we don’t look down on others for spending 7 hours a day watching tv or playing games? Another thing that annoys me is when film adaptions of books come out and people are saying things like “I can’t believe we have to wait a whole year to find out what happens next!” Well you know what? You don’t have to wait a whole year, seeing as there is a book that tells you what happens next, and it is probably better then the movie itself! Reading the book of a film gives so much more insight to a character and their thoughts, so when you finally see the film, you actually know what they’re thinking and going through, which makes the film so much better!
Anyways, enough of me ranting. I’m off to find another book in my small collection to re-read. Until next time everyone!