When I was younger, I always used to love reading books. There are many times I can remember not being able to put down a good book until I’d finished it. When I started working full-time, reading became something I did less and less, and I realised recently it had been a while since I’d sat down and read a book from start to finish. Now I’ve decided to change that! I’ve just bought myself a few new books and I’ve started reading “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng (and I’m really enjoying it so far). I thought I would share five reasons why I want to get back into reading and why reading can be beneficial if you have a busy lifestyle.
1 – A Break From Social Media – I can’t deny that I spend a lot of time on social media and I sometimes find myself scrolling aimlessly through Instagram and Twitter. This is definitely something I want to reduce, and I’ve already found that having a good book to keep going back to has kept me off my phone.
2 – Learning New Things – I’m always open to learning about new things relating to blogging and entrepreneurship. There are a few books I’ve been interested in for a while to do with these topics and I’ve just bought “#Girlboss” by Sophia Amoruso. I’ve heard only good things about this book and I think it will inspire me to keep doing what I’m doing with my blog.
3 – Relaxing – Reading is a really good way to relax and switch off for a while. I find that I don’t think about anything else other than the book in front of me whilst I’m reading. For me, it’s a great way to really take a break and have some time to myself, which is always important when life gets busy.
4 – Revisiting Old Favourites – Going back to old books that I liked when I was younger and reading them with fresh eyes is always enjoyable. Books such as the Harry Potter series or Charlotte’s Web were among my favourites and reading them from a new perspective is a good way to get back into reading.
5 – Helps Me With My Writing – Even though the only writing I do at the moment is my blog, I find that reading different styles of books helps me with how I write. It’s always good to learn new words too, and even at 22 I still find words in books that I haven’t come across before that could one day be helpful when I’m writing a blog post.
So in the words of Dr. Seuss – “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”