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Why Do I Read?

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Why do you read? I stumbled across this question and thought about it, and proceeded to write a long list that answered the question before reading on. I think it is a good question to know your answers to. I would be interested to know why you all read;

  • just to get good grades
  • to escape from life
  • to become a well read person
  • to become a cultured member of society
  • to increase your vocabulary
  • for fun
  • for the thrill of it
Okay I agree with that some of those play a part, but by themselves they seem kinda silly and pathetic or annoyingly high and mighty. But why do you read? 

These are my reasons for why I read:

  • I read to go places I otherwise could not
  • I read to see the world from someone else's shoes
  • I read that I may better understand others ideas
  • I read because it brings me joy
  • I read so that I can write better
  • I read so that I am inspired to think on different topics than I normally would 
  • I read to see visions
  • I read because the books call out to me to be heard
  • I read to discover characters, worlds and other people within the reading community
  • I read to find new words and their meanings
  • I read to find out more about how the real world works through fantasy realms
  • I read to learn from others mistakes, and achievements
  • I read to be inspired by others lives
  • I read to see history from another point of view
  • I read to make the words and little black squiggles come alive
  • I read to go on an adventure from my lounge room
  • I read to have many, many lives

Agree? Why do you read?

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  1. ohhh I love your list. And I share SO many of those reasons!! Chiefly escapism, understanding other people better, learning about aaaall the things (omg I'm so addicted to learning things) and also travelling everywhere. Reading is such easy, hassle-free travel. :') OH and to write better. <-- THIS ONE TOO.

    1. Yes, there is so much to learn and you can even learn true things from Fantasy novels because so often they present truths in a spectacular way even though they are completely different worlds from ours, and the characters journeys can sometimes just apply so well to real life situations.

    2. I totally agree with all these! Especially the one about seeing different worlds. I love the fact that I can go on adventures and exprience awesome things without any of the danger or even having to leave home.
      Sophie | The Techno Maid

    3. Yep, it is seriously cool to be able to adventure across the world, time and into other non existent times, while sitting in front of the warm winter fire.

  2. Wow, thought provoking post! I have never seriously delved into why I read (which is kind of strange because I read a lot), but as I went through your list I was nodding 'yup, yup, yup'. Definitely gave me something to think about. :)

    1. I know right, I had not thought of it much before I came across the question but when I saw it I knew I had to sit down and think up answers and it was not hard, but it was good to remind myself of all of them.

  3. This question! I keep coming across it, and it's thought provoking. What is my underlying motivation for reading?

    I like your list of answers. I agree. :)

    1. It is good to have answers for why you do something especially if you do it a lot like I do. I'm glad you like my answers.

  4. Wow, this is a really good post topic! I guess I never really gave much thought to WHY i read...I just always loved to.
    I guess for me mainly it's a sense of escape, and also you LEARN SO MUCH. And I love that. It's interesting to find out things, and I know that since I read so much when I was little, when I was in school and we'd get to a part in science or something, I'd already know half the stuff. SO it was pretty helpful too!!


    1. Thanks, I am glad you liked the post, and I'm glad I came across that question. You do learn so much, and so much about how other people with different beliefs think too. Most of the Science I did in school was reading, which is the best way to learn science, well I think so anyway.

  5. I love this list and I agree with everything here!! Reading really is the best :)

    xx arushee

    1. Thanks, it is just that! And thanks for stopping by.