I absolutely LOVE to read! I am what my family calls a “professional student” because I have been going to school non-stop. But I can’t help it! I just love to read. However, just because I’m in school doesn’t mean I give up on reading. You do not need to be in school to fall in love with reading. There are so many perks that come with you being a book lover! Here are 5 awesome reasons why you need to be an avid reader.
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Let’s Define Reading
So for those that say, “Oh I can’t read that much because I’m always on the go,” you are going to have to find another excuse. There are these beautiful things called audiobooks! The only time I have to read for fun is when I’m on the road, so I just pop on the audiobook and listen to an amazing story. There are many apps that sell audiobooks so you could be listening through your phone or in your car. If you don’t like to actually purchase books, you can always download them digitally. If you have any type of smart device, your book can be delivered right at your fingertips. So no matter your needs, there is always a way to get your books to you and get to reading!
Expand Your Mind
Books are fantastic because they help to expand your mind. Reading helps you to travel the world, understand different cultures, and be in someone else’s shoes for a moment. This is especially true with fictional books because you are able to interpret them so differently and find the hidden themes. One book can mean so much and touch your soul in a way no other thing can. Once finishing a book, you feel as though you have gained a new set of friends and are able to interact with people differently. I have definitely been able to connect to some less appealing characters after listening to a story about unappealing characters. You learn that everyone is complex, that everything deserves love, and that a person can live forever through a story. Being an avid reader will only do wonders for you!
Become the Intellectual Friend
You know that image of a person in a nice evening blazer, with a brandy in one hand and a book in the other? That person who seems to have their life together because they can sip brandy and read a book? This is the kind of intellectual I’m talking about. It has always been my goal to be the intellectual one amongst my friends. I want to be the wise one they can come to with deep life questions. You know where I get that intellect from? Books. Yes, some of it has come from me being in school but when you think about it, school is just a person telling you to read a bunch of books. If you’re not in school, you’re just cutting out the middle man. You can be the one that all your friends come to for advice and book suggestions. Plus being intellectual is so sexy. Others will be attracted to you and you to yourself. Nothing is hotter than a big brain.
Remember how I said before that you can travel through books? Well, what better way to de-stress than to take a vacation in your own home?! I know actually going away sounds better, however, I don’t know about you but I don’t have the time or money to get away every time I’m stressed. So instead I have my book as my private getaway. A good story can transport you to any time or place. One minute I could be sitting in the library surrounded by homework and the next I’m falling madly in love with a vampire (#TeamEdward). It’s amazing the places you go when reading or listening to a book. I actually love listening to audiobooks while traveling because it makes the trip go by so much faster. Instead of being stuck in traffic, I’m solving a murder mystery on a cruise.
So if you are one to constantly stress, there is no better way to unwind (on the cheap!) than by being an avid reader.
Book of the Month Club
If you never know which book is good for you, there is an amazing company called Book of the Month! They are a subscription box-style book club dedicated to helping avid readers find great new fiction and non-fiction titles. Book of the Month works hard to bring their members books that are truly worth reading—well-written, immersive stories that will transport you, give you thrills, and tug at your heartstrings—and they've been championing such literary diamonds for over 90 years.
How does it work?
Each month their panel of Judges selects 5 great new books. Selections are announced on the first of the month, and members can choose which book they would like to receive. All plans include: 1 hardcover book of your choice each month, and free shipping. Members can also add up to 2 books to their monthly box for $9.99 each. Membership plans start at $11.99/month.
This is what I love most about them, that they give me 5 options and I can choose from that. There are so many great books out there that I will probably never hear of. However, thanks to Book of the Month I am given 5 amazing options each month. After choosing my books, they were mailed to me along with a super cute tote and a note!
I only listed a few reasons why you should be an avid reader but there is so much more. I would definitely suggest you go and sign up with Book of the Month so you can choose from the 5 best books of the month!
Go forth and read my friends!