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Benefits of Reading | Reasons Why Reading Is a Great Habit | Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge #MondayMusings

Last year I had read some 10 odd books and this year I am challenging myself to outdo it by aiming for 24 books (in line with my 2018 resolutions) That works out to 2 books a month. Pretty achievable, I think. So, I am joining Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge hosted at Everyday Gyaan. Check out the link to know more about it.

Someone recently asked me, why do want to/like to read so much? I think every book lover/reader has his/her own reasons. I did tell her mine and also decided that I should do a post on why reading is a great habit. No offence meant to someone who doesn’t enjoy reading – I think everyone is free to have their own likes and interests. But, I am of the opinion that if the habit of reading is inculcated early in life, the benefits can last a lifetime. Read on to know about some of the benefits of reading.

As a child and while growing up, I have had many hobbies. Yes, too many. So much so that when I had to write an essay on ‘your favourite hobby’ during my school days, I had to ponder over and think about what actually was my favourite hobby. Back then I had this huge list of hobbies I indulged in – stamp collection, gardening, listening to music, drawing, painting, crafting, reading, and what not!

But,  if you ask me today, I think I will reply in an instant – its reading.

Over these years, if something has remained constant about what I do in my free time, then it’s reading. Of course, I have developed newer interests like cooking, baking, writing, blogging, but the habit of reading is what has survived the test of time.

I owe my habit of reading to a childhood school friend (a voracious reader), who introduced me to the world of books. Once the reading bug bit me, there has been no looking back.

Interested in reading reviews of books read by me, check here.

There are some obvious benefits of reading like:

– it improves our knowledge

– enhances our vocabulary and writing skills

– increases our concentration and focus

– sharpens our memory.

But, there is still so much more to it. As I ponder over how reading has helped me and why it makes for a great hobby, here are a few more benefits of reading that come to my mind.

benefits of reading books quote stephen king

Books are uniquely portable magic. –  Stephen King

Reading adds a spark to your mundane life

Let the truth be told.

Only a few people can boast of living a very happening life and rest of us go through the daily grinds of life quite mechanically. As a child whenever I read any of the Enid Blyton books, I would dream what it would be like to have a summer vacation as exciting as theirs. Unfortunately, I never had one like theirs, but whenever I read those books, I would be transported into their adventurous world and it filled me with zeal and enthusiasm. Books are often magical – they truly are – when you open a good book and immerse yourself in it – you leave behind your worries and set sail on an adventure. Perhaps, one of the biggest benefits of reading is that it helps you escape from the boredom of your mundane life.

benefits of reading books quote rr martin

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” – George R.R. Martin

Reading stimulates our mind and clears our thoughts

Reading is great for mental stimulation – it enhances our creative flair, analytical thinking, and imagination power. Whenever I read books, I get transported to the scenes I am reading – I can imagine everything I am reading as if a movie is playing in my head. I have realized that we can experience ‘n’ number of things through books that we wouldn’t imagine experiencing in our real lives in one lifetime. Personally, I have found that reading helps me clear my thoughts. In many instances, I have found that after reading a book, I am able to look at a real-life problem in a new light and often, find solutions to nagging issues. Reading books acts as a stress reliever for me.

A book is your best friend

benefits of reading books quote charles william eliot

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers.” ― Charles William Eliot

This quote aptly sums the role a good book can play in our life. You can never feel alone in the company of a good book.

However, these days there is a deluge of books which means that quality suffers at the cost of quantity. Sometimes it frightens me as a reader because it makes the task of choosing the good books from the whole lot difficult. And I can tell you that not all books are worthy of your time. So, if by chance you pick a book that is not cutting it for you, let it go. Life is too short to waste your time reading a bad book.

If you want to take part in Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge, check this.

2018 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge

Linking this to Corinne’s #MondayMusings hosted at EverydayGyaan

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About Jyoti Babel

A freelance content writer, a blogger, a homemaker, and a busy mom of a super-active toddler. I am a believer of the maxim – books are our best friends. Reading a good book uplifts my mood and acts as a stress buster. Food inspires me – from trying new dishes, creating new recipes or food photography – I enjoy all of them. I absolutely enjoy good food, good books and good company. Taking long walks, listening to music, meeting a good friend over a cup of tea, baking the perfect cake, – all these little things make me happy is their own way.
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10 thoughts on “Benefits of Reading | Reasons Why Reading Is a Great Habit | Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge #MondayMusings

  1. Being a book lover myself, I love reading anything bookish. I agree with each of the points you have mentioned as benefits of reading because all of them hold true for me too. From 10 to 24, the jump to outdo your reading is commendable. All the best with your reading challenge.

    1. Thanks Anamika for your views. Yes, 24 is a decent number for me given that I have to really try hard to make time to read books, thanks to my super active toddler. I am sometimes in awe of people who aim for 50+ reads in a year.

  2. Book lovers of the world unite. I can’t imagine life without books, Jyoti. Except for a year or so when I went off reading, only to find that I had cataracts, books have been an integral part of life.
    So happy that you’re joining the challenge! Good luck!

    1. Thanks Corrine for stopping by… Books are an integral part of my life too. I am really looking forward to outdoing myself in the reading challenge.

  3. these are great pointers and I agreed with each one of them. being a bookworm, I know books are the best friends, and yes! each book has its own flavour and teach us a unique lesson. it is great that you are joining the challenge. best of luck and wishing u a very happy new year.

  4. superb post and I agree with each pointer. being a bookworm I know reading is such a great habit and each book taught us some incredible life lessons. best luck reading challenge.

  5. I am joining the reading challenge. You have rightly said, books are a constant companion. Reading never makes one feel lonely. I love reading and it is my only hobby since childhood. However after I started blogging, I thing I cant get myself to do is to leave a book midway even if I don’t like it. But you are right, why should I waste time on reading something which doesn’t please you or give you the joy of reading. So I am going to do just that now onwards.

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