Reading is a magical thing. And sometimes it feels like the most difficult thing to just make other people understand that. So I put together a list of a few reasons to remind your friends, acquaintances, and random people you pass on the street of why they should read.
Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly discussion post created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and is hosted by Rukky and Dani @ A Literary Lion! This week’s topic is: How To Encourage Others To Read (suggested by Rian @ Dogs and Books)
Let me tell you a story.
The other day, I was on a zoom meeting for school. We were playing two truths and a lie, because, actually I’m not sure why. I think that we were practicing the game? Anyways, this one kid does his and the three are: I play soccer, I love reading, and I have a dog (or something like that. The details don’t matter.) But, the lie, as he revealed, was that he loves reading.
You see, when people say ‘I hate reading’ I just can’t accept that. If they don’t like certain books, of course. Everyone likes different things. But by saying that you hate reading, you are saying that you hate physical books, audiobooks, e-books, fiction and non-fiction, middle-grade and young-adult? Reading fantasy with complex world building, contemporary novels with relatable characters, historical fiction that’s a dive into the past?
There are so many different ways to read, so many different things to read, and I refuse to believe that someone could hate every single one. Maybe you only like graphic novels. Okay, that’s great!
Maybe audiobooks are easier for you, and are your preferred format? I’d love some recommendations.
So, I’m going to make a list of how I encourage others to read. Reasons why books are great, things that reading gives you, and all that.
Reading is magical and amazing, and here are just a few of the reasons why.
1. Books will take you into magical worlds, introduce you to amazing characters and take you on exciting adventures beyond your wildest dreams.
When you pick up a book for the first, you don’t know what you’re going to get. Maybe, a journey full of conflict between kingdoms, or perhaps you’ll stumble across a band of weary travelers, and join them.
It could be that you come across a character you deeply relate to, or find on that helps you learn more about yourself.
Or possibly reading from the perspective of someone quite different from you will open your eyes to a new world, will expand your thinking and open your mind and heart.
2. Escaping into the fictional universe can provide a much needed rest from the world.
Maybe you’ve had a few too many hours on zoom, and you can’t sit in from of your computer for much longer. Flipping through a book, for a few minutes, or a few hours, can be calming, and relaxing.
Whenever I’m feeling really stressed about school, or I have to much going on in my life, reading can calm me down, and is a good way to relax.
3. Books will introduce you to new worlds and give you perspective on what life is like for other people in the world.
Reading historical fiction can be a window into historical eras that you may or may not have even heard of, and can be a way to step into the shoes of others, and see what life could have been like.
Reading contemporary novels can open you up to lifestyles other than yours, and that can be a very important thing to know, and to be aware of.
4. Books will be with you for the rest of your life.
Maybe the books that you enjoy reading will change as time goes on. But books will always be there for you.
There are some books that I first read years ago, that I still love, but look at in a different way. There are books that I’ve read in just the past few months that I know will be a part of me for the rest of my life.
5. Books will make you feel.
You will read books that feel like hug. You will read books that break you heart into a million pieces. You will fall meet characters that you will do anything to protect, and will meet characters that you want to force to carry the weight of the world. *cough* Luke Castellan *cough*
You will read books, and at the end feel broken inside. You will read books that make you feel whole. You will read books that crush your soul, and you will read books that inspire you and lift you up.
You will come across books, perhaps disregard them for a few years, then come back to them later and discover them to be amazing.
You will put off reading a book, stick it on your TBR, and ignore it, for days, weeks, even months, and when you finally get around to it, you won’t be able to put it down.
There are so many amazing books out there, just waiting to be read.
And you will be stuck, not feeling motivated to read, and that’s when you have to always remember one thing: reading is magical.
Reading is amazing, and books have the power to transform and shape lives. The books that I have read have had an enormous impact on my life, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.
How do you encourage others to read? Do you encourage others to read often? Chat with me in the comments below!