Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Top Ten Tuesday: Why I Love Blogging and Reading
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish. Today's topic is: Reasons why I love being a blogger/reader. I'm going to do a bit of each.
I love reading because...
1. It lets me relax. When I read, my mind drifts away and I forget all about the deadlines and responsibilities of daily life. (I actually wrote on this topic for my college application essay!)
2. It has given me a large vocabulary and decent spelling and grammar skills. Because of the gajillion books I read as a kid, I rather naturally learned proper spelling and grammar at a very early age. I also hated looking up words I didn't know in the dictionary, because I thought it disrupted the flow of the story, so I learned so much vocabulary by plain old context clues. I'm also that person who knows how to spell things, but not how to pronounce them, because I've only read them in books!
3. It has taught me how to write. Of course, it's not the only thing that's taught me how to write, but it's definitely had a huge influence. Subconsciously, by reading tons of classics as a kid, I slowly developed an eye for writing style and helpful writing techniques.
4. It helps me find potential friends. (That makes me sound anti-social, which I'm not - I'm just not super-social.) If anyone enters into a discussion with me on BOOKS, they immediately rise in my opinion. Especially if it's on the classics. Case in point: All of my friends are readers. Seriously. I can't think of one that isn't. And they all have an appreciation for classic literature.
5. It means I'm never bored. Bus late? Got my book. Waiting for a doctor's appointment? Got my book. Long flight? Got my book. And if I haven't got a book nearby, for some reason, I ponder. Which leads me to my next two points...
6. It has taught me to ponder and contemplate. (Which is technically redundant. Oh well. I liked how it sounded.) Reading is a contemplative thing - even if you're reading a fast paced action novel. Books have so much depth - good books do, at least - no matter what genre they're in. So after I finish a book, I ponder.
7. It has given me a superb imagination. (This is connected to #3.) For practically all of my childhood, I engaged in the fantastic art of "pretend." It was private pretending, most of the time, because I am not an actress, but I loved feeling that I was a part of a story. First, I went through numerous variations on the "kidnapped princess" theme; then, a few years later, I became the prince - 'cause that was totally funner (princes got swords); and finally, I decided I liked being a girl - but one of those "badass heroines" (inspired by Eilonwy after I read The Prydain Chronicles). My sister and I dreamed of being pulled into books by magic, and hanging out with Robin Hood and Maid Marian.
I love blogging because...
8. It has expanded my book list into more contemporary literature. I read a lot of classics before I started blogging, but since I've become a part of the book blogging community, I have added some newer books to my TBR - and I'm super excited about that! (Though classics will always have a special place in my heart.)
9. It has (mostly) relieved my parents from the duty of patiently listening to me as I talk books to them. Before I started blogging, whenever I got excited by a book, I would give my parents a huge monologue about what I liked (or vehemently disliked) about it, and they would nod along patiently and say, "mmhmm..." (Note: my parents are not bibliophiles.) Well, with this blog, I can transfer all my big book rants over here - and possibly make them more coherent, because I have to actually write them, instead of just blabbing them out when I think of them.
10. It's given me a way to put my writing "out there." Yes, it's just rants about books. No, it's not my best writing. But I still like knowing that I am "publishing" stuff and people are enjoying it! It makes me feel so good. Thank you guys so much for reading! I love you so much.... :-)
Why do you love to read? (Or, if you have a blog, to blog?)