Discussion: Why I love reading

Or an alternative title: why is liking books my only personality trait? Well, books and my multitude of houseplants. *Sigh* I love books. I’ve loved them since I was a little kid. I remember at 13 I started having more fictional friends than real ones, and the same is true for 22 year old me. So I think it’s about time I delve into just why it is that I love reading so much, and what exactly it is that keeps me interested in reading despite how horribly picky I am when it comes to a “good” book.

1) Escapism
I am an absolute sucker for books that take me away from reality. Who could blame me? The world kinda…sucks sometimes. Most of the time. I know I’m “too young” to be that cynical but oh well. Regardless, one of my favorite things is being swept off of my feet into a cast of characters/world that is so vastly different from what I’m currently experiencing. Which is why fantasy remains one of my favorite genres today.

2) Whatever the opposite of escapism is
Yup, I’m already contradicting myself in a post. The other thing I love about reading is finding books that seem to read my mind and describe feelings I’ve had that could never be put into words. I have come up with a theory that I read most of whatever genre I feel to be most lacking in my real life, so that I can understand myself and my wants better. Which is why my top genre recently is what I’ve dubbed “books that are philosophical but are hidden under like six other genres to make it not feel like they’re about philosophy”. A Psalm For the Wild Built is a perfect example of this. These books are so real and so profound its like they curl right up next to my heart and live there, and I am so, so thankful for them.

3) Hey, it’s cheaper than traveling
Even though I am still incensed that hardbacks currently run somewhere around $25 each, it is still cheaper than planning a trip. I know I have said this before, but I love experiencing as many places and cultures and completely made up worlds as humanly possible. So, while I pay off student loans, books can happily stand in for me jet setting to Italy or Greece.

4) Books offer knowledge
I feel so, so lucky as well to have a multitude of cultures and histories and identities to become more informed about at my fingertips. Reading diversely in any capacity makes us all much better people, as evidenced by my research posts earlier last year. And I can say anecdotally I feel like a much more informed and well-rounded individual because of the books I read. Of course, I could always dig deeper and learn more, but reading has given me the opportunity to start educating myself on really important topics.

5) I’m never bored
No matter what kind of book I’m reading, love or hate, good or bad, I know there is always another life-changing one on the horizon. There are so many books out there, so many possible writing styles and so much creativity, I could never dream of saying that books as a whole have failed me. Reading is the only passion of mine that I have been able to come back to time and time again. Which isn’t to say that I consistently read, or that I avoid long slumps. It just means I can confidently say I will always come back. And even if a book is boring, I know I get to come on here and rant to you guys. And what could be more satisfying than that?

So, there are a few of the many many reasons I have fallen in love with books. What are yours? And as always, happy reading!

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27 thoughts on “Discussion: Why I love reading

  1. Same escapism!! And it helps to distract from the bad stuff and disappear, even provides a good break from studying…if you can call getting so attracted by books that you don’t study at all so it changes the meaning of break πŸ˜ƒ.
    Lolll
    Awesome post!! Couldn’t agree more

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  2. These days I mostly read to both explore other worlds as well as to get away from dead shifts at work. I’m never going to get to go to space or the Shire or any of dozens of high fantasy settings, but I can follow the characters that do.

    Plus I have shamelessly pulled from some of the books I read for table top gaming ideas. Always fun to have a bit of story already worked out for you to inflict on your friends and their characters!

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  3. Great post! I really agree with all the points you made. I read to escape but nothing’s better than finding a character whose situation or thoughts or feelings resonate with you so much and something that you’ve been or are going through. It hits much deeper and makes me love a book, and reading in general, even more! πŸ₯°

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  4. I completely agree with all of these! Reading is certainly my form of escapism and since I don’t really have the means, it acts as the perfect traveling solution too haha. There’s just so much to see, feel, and learn when reading a book. Lovely post!

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  5. AHHH I RELATE SO MUCH TO ALL OF THESE AND AM RIDICULOUSLY IN LOVE WITH THIS POST 😭❀❀ escapism is a HUGEE reason obviously, because YES the real world DOES SUCK SOMETIMES. plus WHY WOULD YOU SAY NO TO MAGIC, RIGHT????

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  6. I ADORE THIS SOOO MUCH AHHH!!! and yes ESCAPISM!!! books are honestly much cheaper than travelling and well ALL THOSE FANTASY REALMS TOO??? it’s the BEST!! Loved this!

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  7. All excellent reasons! I feel the same about the first two reasons. I like the escape but then I like the insight I can get about life too. This is one of the reasons I enjoy romance novels.

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  8. Haha, sometimes I feel like my love for books is my only personality trait too πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚, it’s the first and probably the only thing about me. I read to escape, to learn, to exist in a different time-line and circumstance.

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