Top Ten Tuesday (19/05/2020) – Reasons Why I Love… Reading

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was originally created by The Broke and the Bookish but was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s topic is Reasons Why I Love…

OOOOH a freebie of sorts… what to choose, what to choose????

I think I will bring it back to basics and list some reasons WHY I LOVE READING!

Reading books can transport us to another world without us having to leave the comfort of our home; reading can provide a sanctuary from the stresses and strains of everyday life.

Books don’t judge us. They do not care who we are, what we look like; they don’t care what we’re wearing, don’t care where we are. Just crack them open and they will instantly whisk us away from our realities with their gripping storylines and compelling characters… or if they’re a bit rubbish we’ll get so annoyed by the book that we’ll soon forget about everything going on around ourselves.

Reading books is a great way to learn about what it means to be human because no matter the genre, be the book fiction or non-fiction, there is always something in the book that will help us understand the human condition that bit better. And even more wonderfully books have the ability to teach us compassion and empathy which is so vital in this ever more consumer driven and self-centred world we are living in.

Reading can also help us to gain self-acceptance. When we read about a character going through a difficult time we are able to feel for them, and we wish that they would be more kind to themselves. And this becomes ever more pertinent when we read about a character going through a shared life experience that helps us to feel less alone and more forgiving of our human foibles.

And most simply of all, reading is entertaining. With a book in your possession you can almost instantly magic away a few quiet hours. They are a means of being still and calm while feeling that we are active and going off on an adventure.

  • Each new book you read is an undiscovered world of limitless possibilities.
  • Each book you reread is a soothing and comforting reminder of where you have been.

When you meet a person who loves the same book as you do… wow… there really is nothing better is there? It’s this source of instant connection and camaraderie, and it even occurs when you meet someone who dislikes the same book as you do!

Reading bring us together. As book bloggers we know this one more than most as we are privileged to be able to make friends all around the globe because they share our passion for reading. I feel blessed to have made so many bookish friends through Goodreads, my blog, bookish twitter and bookstagram as I have.

Books are a perfect snapshot of life.

I like to think that books have a life of their own, outside even that of the author’s or reader’s scope of imagination. That every person who reads a book adds their own input to the book’s story through our interpretations etc. So that when we read the same book we all come together to create this beautiful abstract mosaic of life connected to that book that keeps on living long after we may be gone.

And that’s my take on this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. Let me know what it is that you love most about reading in the comments below.

43 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday (19/05/2020) – Reasons Why I Love… Reading

  1. I think there are few better feelings in life than meeting someone who’s read the same book as you – and when their faves are also your faves? IT’S MAGIC 😍 I’ll be forever grateful that my love of reading has introduced me to so many incredible people, both in person & online! 💛

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    1. Hear! Hear! I couldn’t agree more with you. I’m still waiting for a few in person friends who love books as much as I do, but I’ve certainly connected with so many amazing online friends through the love of books. I love that what could be thought to be such an isolating hobby can actually bring so many people together ☺️☺️☺️💙💛💚🧡💖❤️💜

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  2. I almost did READING!! I went with Fantasy instead. I love this because it’s all so true. I LOVE the fact that if someone loves the same book as I do, it starts such a quick conversation. Books really bring people together and it’s so amazing. <3<3<3

    My Top Ten

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    1. Ahhhhhh thank you so much Louise! ☺️☺️☺️ And I’m wholeheartedly with you. My books have rescued me from the darkest of times and have also been there with me to celebrate the highest of highs. I just wouldn’t be me without my books ☺️☺️☺️💜💖💚

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  3. Such a lovely post 😊 I agree with all your points. One of my favourite things about reading is that I can discover and travel to so many new places 😊 I also love that if I’m not feeling great I can dive into a book and completely switch off, it’s the best way to make me feel better again 😊

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    1. Thank you so much Jessica ☺️☺️☺️ And exactly! You can travel so much by just opening a book. They really are portals to limitless horizons. And totally with you when it comes to my books being there for me when I’m down ☺️😊💛🧡💚💖

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  4. Big big yes to this post! All of these points are so spot on ❤ Especially the about teaching us compassion and learning what it means to be human and more forgiving of ourselves and perhaps others. This is such a wonderful post, Emer! 💜💚🧡💙❤️

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    1. Aw thank you so much Dini ☺️☺️☺️ Books are just this amazing vessel for us to learn so much more about this thing we call life. I’ve learned so much about the world and all sorts of different people without ever leaving my chair! I mean that’s pretty amazing isn’t it? I will always love reading and will always be grateful to my mum for instilling this thirst for storytelling and knowledge within me. I simply can’t even imagine what life must be like if you don’t read! Perish that thought ☺️☺️❤️💚🧡💜💖💙

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    1. Aw thanks so much Joanna ☺️☺️☺️ isn’t it so wonderful to have the companionship of a book. That might seem strange to a non reader but we get it. Books have been and will always be there for us… look at what we are living through right now and look at where we are finding solace…all in our books ☺️☺️☺️❤️💚🧡💙💖

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    1. Thank you so much Lydia. And exactly! The benefits to reading are so wide ranging. I just find it baffling how some people don’t enjoy it. Without reading I simply would not be the same person I am today..and that would not be for the better! 💚💛💜❤️💙💖🧡

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  5. That’s a great post and perfectly captures what books do for me too. 🙂 I think I love the entertaining part of books most. Probably also the escape aspect. I’m honestly wondering what I would do if I didn’t like to read.

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    1. Thank you so much ☺️☺️☺️ I think it’s practically impossible to pin point what is my absolute favourite thing about reading. There’s just so many wonderful facets to it as a hobby. And same, I would be lost without my books 🙈☺️💚💙💛💖❤️💜

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    1. Thanks so much Jess! Book blogging is such a wonderful extension of reading isn’t it. Because reading could be thought to quite an insular hobby. But with blogging like we do it really opens up so much more of the world to us and makes us feel very connected despite the physical distances there may be between us ☺️☺️☺️💛💖💙💚💜🧡

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    1. Aw thank you Alex! It’s so easy to sometimes overlook how reading has impacted our lives but we learn so much about ourselves and others through every word we read. I will always be grateful to my books for keeping me company, for teaching me, for inspiring me… reading is a wonderfully transformative hobby and without it my life would be a whole lot emptier 😊😊😊🧡💛💜💖❤️💚

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  6. I love this post! Self-acceptance for the reader is an amazing effect from some books, and isn’t the instant bonding over a shared love of a book so amazing?? I love that I can learn so much about other places and people through reading.

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    1. Thanks so much Sabrina ❤️💛💖💜💚🧡 There is so much value in reading that I think we often take for granted. I simply wouldn’t be the person I am today without my books. They’ve taught me so much about myself, about others… I will be eternally grateful to writers who have helped to transform me into the best version of myself 😊😊😊❤️💛💜💖🧡💚

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