Good afternoon you B-E-A-Utiful Bookworms.
We all have that friend that doesn’t read, don’t we? They’re the friend that scoffs every time we get excited about a new release, or merch- the friend that doesn’t understand, and doesn’t try to.
Well get ready, because I’m about to give them Five Reasons to Fall in Love with Books.
Since I was a child, I have always been fascinated by books. I believe it all started when I first watched Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Belle was far more to me than your typical ‘Disney Princess’ type. She represented the smart, logical women of the world, whose intellect shone through her smile and eyes.
Not only was Belle a beauty (as her name suggests in the French tongue), but she was also resourceful, and is even aware of basic first aid when she helps to treat the Beast’s wound after he saves her from a pack of hungry wolves.
What I loved most about Belle was that she didn’t judge a book by its cover. Although the Beast at first seems terrifying to her, Belle was filling to get to know him, to see the goodness that lived deep inside of his heart.
So, what are my five reasons for you (or your friends) to fall head over heels in love with books?
1) When Stressed, books provide you with an escape from your everyday life, and also allow you to learn how to properly navigate your own reality, by teaching you important life lessons.
Every book we read has a life lesson to teach us. Whether we realize this or not is completely subjective. You see, each life lesson is buried deep within the pages, waiting to strike out at you when you least expect it. Common life lessons include: following your dreams, being yourself, putting the needs of others before your own, and learning to accept what you cannot change.
So, the next time you find yourself reading, why not try and identify the message within?
2) Books Allow You to Explore new worlds.
With the vast range of fictional worlds available for you to explore today, you could class yourself as a fictional traveller, discovering exciting new worlds from your very own sofa, bed, or wherever you prefer to read.
Since the dawn of time, Humankind has been a curious race, always anxiously anticipating the arrival of strangers and their customs. There are so many exquisite wonderlands out there today, so go and find them. Dive into the nearest book and see how many new creatures and places you can discover.
3) Books unknowingly help you with your daily life and any problems that arise.
Many books deal with complex and relatable themes that we can then compare to our own lives. Some examples of themes include: depression, divorce, unrequited love, peer pressure, loss, loneliness, unspoken desires, and many more besides.
Books show a numerous amount of characters and possibilities when it comes to human reactions.
They help us to find new solutions to our own issues, acting as a second head (2 heads are better than 1) in the reasoning process.
By watching how certain fictional characters react and interact in tense situations, we can compare them to our own circumstances and see if similar responses would help us, or hinder us. From there, we can find our own solutions to our everyday problems.
4) Books Allow Us to Indulge in our Greatest Fantasies, if only briefly.
Imagine your wildest dreams coming true, then imagine you are able to live your dreams through the eyes of another character. This is exactly how I feel when I turn the first page of a new novel.
As humans, we have countless fantasies that we long to live out, right? Some are perfectly innocent, like wanting to visit somewhere you’ve loved since you were a kid: for me, this would be Tokyo, Japan.
Others may be a tad steamier in nature, but no matter what our fantasies actually are, there’s sure to be a book out there that will explore it, and by reading such a book, we’ll soon be exploring our fantasies too.
5) Books help to shape our personalities and influence our actions as we grow up.
Stories have influenced mankind since the dawn of time. Whatever culture you look at, there have always been folk tales or stories passed down through the generations, all unique to their own countries of origin. Each story influences us in a new and exciting way. They help us to see things from multiple perspectives: male, female, or intersex, young or old, rich or poor.
These countless perspectives and experiences teach us new things every day and help us to decide what kind of person we want to be.
For example, if you’d never encountered domestic violence before and read about it in a novel, you’ll subconsciously decide what you want to take away from the book: will you be a dominating, violent partner, or a submissive beaten-down partner.
OR, will you (like most) simply regard the event with horror as you wonder why on Earth someone would willingly hurt another human being?
The point is that we never know what’s around the corner in life, but books and their numerous situations and characters help us to be better prepared for its surprises. They enable us to learn: how would we handle such situations?
Having explored these five reasons, why should you fall head over heels in love with books?
I think the real question you should be asking yourself is, Whyever Not?
Thank you for reading ‘Five Reasons to Fall in Love with Books.’
I had so much fun writing this blog post, and hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
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