Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm.
I love this week’s topic! I have always loved reading but I very rarely take the time to sit down and reflect on why. I can not wait to read everyone’s posts this week!
A Different Perspective
I think this is probably what I love most about reading! Reading allows me to live in someone else’s shoes and to see the world from a perspective that is completely different from my own. I think because of this reading has made me a more compassionate, emphatic and open-minded person.
The Discussions and Friendships
I love the discussions that can come from reading! There is nothing I enjoy more than finding someone who loves reading as much as I do. I also love debating about books with other readers and the fact that no two reader reads the same book! It makes for very interesting and enlightening conversations! Reading has allowed me to form connections with like-minded people who I never would have met otherwise. I actually think I spend more time talking about books than actually reading them!
I constantly find words that I have never heard of in novels and will then stop and look up their definitions. I truly think that my vocabulary has improved a great deal since I started that habit! I have even start writing down the words that I find so I am accumulating a bookish dictionary!
There is nothing that helps me unwind more than picking up a good book! Ask me my happy place and I will tell you it is a bubble bath, with candles lit, and a good book. Reading helps me unwind and get out of my head for awhile.
I have come to the realization that there is something very nostalgic about reading for me, and I don’t even quite know how to explain what I mean by that. I think it is because I have so many memories attached to books and reading. I can see a certain book on my shelves and instantly remember when and where I was when I read it. For example, The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants always makes me think of summers when I was younger and seeing the series on my shelves always brings a smile to my face.