Hello, lovely readers and welcome to Top 5 Tuesday!
It’s hosted by Bionic Book Worm and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
So here we go with my Top 5 reasons I love reading!
#1 – The Dark and Quiet:
I love to read at night. When everything around me is utterly quiet. Since I bought an e-reader, that has a built-in light, I usually sit in the dark and read. It’s the most wonderful feeling to be wrapped in blankets, nothing but darkness and silence swirling around me, only a book to keep me company. It’s a feeling only reading can give me.
#2 – The Focus:
When reading, I can’t have anything else disturb me. I don’t have any music on or the TV. When I pick up a book I have to focus solely on the piece of writing in front of me. I usually have a tendency to do ten things at once, but reading forces me to sit down, to quiet down and choose to do this one thing. But not just physically do it. You can’t have your mind wandering around, going through to-do-list and worrying. Unless you really focus on what you are reading, you’ll have to go over the same passage multiple times.
I guess, when I am reading is the only time I am utterly at peace with myself and the world.
#3 – Foreign Worlds:
“Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else.” That’s a quote attributed to Mark Twain.
When you read, you can venture into new worlds. Leave the shackles of this one behind. You are not bound to a single place. Words can take you anywhere – everywhere imagination leads.
Twain is right. Sometimes it’s an escape. The only form of escape you can get. The easiest form of escape you can get.
It’s beyond beautiful to discover a new world, full of magic, full of wonders, full of beauty. Somewhere far away.
#4 – The Friends you make:
This actually feels a bit ridiculous. Like one of those things that make sense while inside my head, but once I say them out loud…
I know that the characters from books are fictional but sometimes a fictional friend is sometimes the only thing you need. Somebody to keep you company even if it’s only through words scattered on a page.
The characters conjured by a writer can feel more relatable and like they understand than the people around you.
Why else would it sometimes hurt when you finish a book, when you are not ready to part with those amazing characters?
#5 – The Feelings:
I am not a person who shows emotions openly. I like to keep to myself. That goes for my thoughts and my feelings.
But when I read a book, in the solitude of my own four walls in the middle of the night, that’s when emotions often hit me the hardest.
That’s when I sometimes feel tears wetting my cheeks, when I find myself laughing out loud.
Real life usually forces you to bite your feelings down and swallow them. Whereas reading drags them up from the depth of my soul.
What are your reasons to read? Let me know in the comments!