I’m a bibliophile – a book lover. Pure and simple. I’ve been an avid reader since childhood. A friend recently asked, “Why?” What are my reasons for loving books? I had to give it some thought since it’s always been a reflexive action.
1. It Opens the Mind – New information enters, connections are made, questions are formulated, foreign lands are visited, different points of view are considered.
2. It Builds Vocabulary – You can use context clues, a dictionary or thesaurus to verify meanings and usage of unfamiliar words.
3. It Fosters Critical Thinking – Cause/effect, inferences, sequential order, fact & opinion are used to make and analyze arguments. Awareness of these organizational forms helps to follow and analyze content.
4. It Occupies the Mind – Right brain activities stimulate the language and communication part of the brain. Reading quiets a restless mind. It distracts the reader from outside stimuli and focuses the mind.
5. It’s Inexpensive and Can Be Done Anywhere – printed books, ebooks and audiobooks can be purchased and/ or borrowed free of charge from the public library. Don’t have an e-reader device? Download directly to your computer.
6. It Offers Topics For Intelligent Conversations – One thing leads to another. You’ll find yourself doing Internet searches to expand your knowledge base.
7. You Will Be Perceived As a More Intelligent & Interesting Person – You can talk about something besides yourself. People will thank you.
8. You Will Become a Better Writer – The more you read, the better you write. Always? Yes. You will internalize new vocabulary, writing styles and techniques for presenting ideas. Your use of grammar and punctuation will improve. You’ll make more sense.
9. It Entertains, Informs, Inspires & Persuades – Writing, like speaking, always has a purpose. Your mind will be engaged.
10. It Exposes Your Mind To Logical Thinking – Analyze an author’s strengths and shortcomings in presenting an argument or laying out a scenario. Notice what’s praise worthy. Find the flaws. Apply it to your own writing and conversations. If holes can be poked in your train of thought, fix it.
I hope this helps. Let me know what changes in your life as a result of reading. I’d love to hear from you.
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