Essay On Love Of Reading

Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body. This amazing quote describes the importance of reading in just one line. But rather I would like to say, the joy of reading cannot be expressed in words. It’s something which can be understood only by experience. Reading a book, gives you a wonderful encounter with the new world created by the writer for you. A reader can extract the best benefits only when he/she falls in love with reading.

Reading is something which helps you in creation, understanding better, improving yourself, relaxation, judging, killing boredom and most important gives a meaning to your life.

Why reading books are important?

Reading books help you imagine many things which you wouldn’t have even thought of before. Creativity is something which I feel increases in me every time I read a new book. When you read something your mind starts creating a scenery of it in front of your eyes.

When you keep on reading new books with new information, you start learning and experiencing new things. And you start understanding better and much faster than before. You start seeing things in a new way, your point of view changes, in fact I can say improves.

Reading different books in itself is a journey. When you are a kid you start with story books, then educational, technical, management, spiritual and so on. Books help you turn your journey growing up into a journey where you start improving yourself and learning new things.

In our daily routine, everyone gets so tired. And when we get even a bit of relaxation we always prefer to give relaxation to our body. But we always forget even our mind needs rest. Reading is something which makes us forget all our stress and gives complete relaxation to our mind, just like Yoga.

Everyone in summers or vacations, complain about being bored especially children. We use that spare time in playing, roaming or using the latest technologies. Reading books is something which helps us not only to kill boredom but also to use our time productively rather than wasting it.

When we get a chance to read new books, we start differentiating between books. We start analyzing and categorizing them. We can easily understand which book is bad, good and the best. And then same happens with humans, it helps us to judge better.

When reading gives us so many qualities, it improves our entire life. It provides us new qualities and enhances the old ones. It helps to remove negativity from our life and also saves us from negative people. It just gives an entirely new and complete meaning to our life.

Books are always a store-house of memories. I feel they capture you memories much better than pictures, because you can feel exactly like the author when you read. One bad habit you should avoid while reading is never leave a book half-read. If you have never given reading a try then remember that it’s never too late to start a good habit.

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Last winter, I posted that I would love to hear from readers, writers, bloggers about why they read, write and blog. Gail Dayton, author of the new book, New Blood, offers up this personal account.

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I love to read. No, I looooove to read. And I read fast. I read about 300 books a year (counting re-reads). So when I saw the Ja(y)nes offer to post essays on reading, writing and the love thereof, I got to thinking-‘WHY do I love reading and writing so much.

It’s the stories. My cousin Diane taught me to read when I was just four, and from that moment, I’ve been caught up in the worlds opened up to me by books. But I think my addiction to story must go earlier than that, because my mother likes to talk about taking me to see Bambi with my multitude of cousins when I was three. (Mama is the youngest of four sisters, each of whom had four kids, except for Aunt Bettye, who had six…The family Thanksgiving is massive.) For weeks afterward, my invisible friend Bambi went everywhere with me. Hey, at least Bambi was a deer and didn’t require his own plate at the dinner table, like the fella’s invisible friend Mister. (Mister got on a plane one day and flew to Chicago, never to be seen again.)

Stories fire my imagination and, for a little while, let me live in That world, instead of this-‘often boring-‘one. In the world of story, ANYTHING can happen.

Which is why I write. I still have invisible friends. No, really. TIME magazine quoted researchers who discovered that fiction writers’ relationships with their characters is virtually identical with a child’s relationship with his invisible friends. We know they’re not real. Honest. We do know. But we still have no control over them. They go off and do stuff just because they want to, and we have no way to stop them.

Back to the topic. I don’t write just because I get to hang out with invisible friends. I write because I get to tell stories. And in those stories, ANYTHING can happen. Dragons are real. Soul mates can find their destiny. People can recover from tragedy. Even all of the above. And, despite the fact that characters can go their own way, I can still tell the story I want to tell. (The characters usually know better than I do.)

I started wanting to tell stories MY way back in-‘junior high, I think. That’s when I inherited a bunch of my dad’s old books. Copies of Robin Hood in archaic English. The originalTarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs. I literally read the cover off Tarzan. The only problem I saw was that Tarzan didn’t have a sister. Jane really didn’t cut it as a place-holder for the role I wanted to play in the book. I wanted to live in the jungle too. So I made up one.

I graduated from fan fiction sometime in college, eventually learned to finish a book, and here I am. I still love to read, and I still love to write (even though these days it sometimes can feel like work). Because it’s all about the story.

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If you would like to contribute a guest essay on why you read, why you write or why you blog, please send an email to Jane at dearauthor.com with “Essay” in the subject line.

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ESSAY: Why I Love to Read and to Write by Gail Dayton

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

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