Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.
Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.
The topic for this week is: Top Ten Reasons I Love to Read/Blog
1. I love getting to know like-minded people from completely different backgrounds. Before I found goodreads and book blogs, I often felt like there was no one I could talk to about the books I liked to read. But I have found so many people and so many more books than I even knew existed now that I blog about books. It’s amazing.
2. The things I’ve learned. I feel like I learn something new – either some kind of fact or something about myself – from every book I read. It’s not always something big or profound but I love learning new things.
3 I’m thinking more in-depth about the books that I’m reading. I like writing reviews (which is something I’ve learned about myself since blogging) and writing them makes me think about a book in a different way than before. It’s a semi-organized way to get my feelings out on the page and a way for me to really stop and think about how I felt about events and characters.
4. Blogging and Reading both improve writing skills. I think I’m becoming a better writer and better and converting my thoughts into words on a page. Reading certainly improves my vocabulary.
5. Apparently there are studies that find reading literary fiction improves empathy. Whilst I don’t read much Dickens, I do like to think that reading is improving myself.
6. Reading is the easiest and cheapest way to travel and live multiple lives.
7. Blogging gives me a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. My blog may not be the biggest or most read out there – but I’m proud of what I’ve achieved. I like getting the opportunities that blogging has given me and getting to know people who are passionate about books and reading like I am. There may be days when it seems like a bit too much work but overall I’m really happy with what I’ve done.
8. Reading is getting me fit! I’ve been listening to audiobooks lately whilst I’ve been going for my daily exercise. I’m not the most fitness happy person but when I’m in the middle of an exciting part of the book and it’s time for me to finish my run – it just gives me the motivation I need to get up early tomorrow just to find out what’s going to happen next!
9. It makes me happy. I love getting to experience things for the first times with characters – despite having gone though that myself or conversely NEVER going to have those opportunities. It makes me happy to fall in love a thousand times and the times when I’m so proud of characters for their decisions and actions that I feel my heart burst. It’s happy.
10. It gives me an excuse to drink lots of tea…
Great reasons! I love the reading and empathy thing – didn’t know that. I don’t read much Dickens either (or, you know, none!) but I can see how that would relate. I’m not much of a tea drinker either, but reading + Milo is great. Nice list! 🙂
My TTT: http://theloonyteenwriter.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/top-ten-tuesday-ten-reasons-i-love-being-a-reader/
A fellow milo drinker! I love that stuff. And when I have some I probably drink more than I should! 😛
First off.. my thoughts about tea.. yuck. I like sweet Lipton tea does that count??? 🙂 I have really learned a lot too. I feel like I have done so much with my blog. I try to learn something new with coding every week. It’s fun and makes my mind work.. now that I am done with college I don’t learn as much as I used to!
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I don’t think I’ve ever had sweet tea. I just brewed a pot of English Breakfast… despite it almost being midnight. But each to their own 🙂
I think it’s amazing that so many people never read a book again after college. How limiting would that be?! I love that you’re still learning and challenging yourself creatively with your blog. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.
Great list Kate! I think reading has improved my writing, vocabulary and spelling. I think when you see words so much it really has to! As for tea… I can take it or leave it. I sometimes like drinking it when I’m realllllly cold, but I’m not a tea addict like my mum!
I’ve just started getting into audiobooks while running which was a “duh!” moment for me because hello, I love reading and mostly enjoy running, why not combine the two?
Also I get the same satisfaction/pride from blogging– even if no one reads some posts, I still feel like I’ve gotten something done and put my thoughts on the page!
Those are really awesome points! I totally agree with you 😀
My Top Ten this week!
I left tea of my list #LunaFail
It’s essential when reading.
I love this list. You touched on so many things I either included in my list – or should have! I definitely love being able to talk about books I’m reading – even if no one out there is reading. It’s a great feeling when someone comments, too, though! And I definitely agree that reading makes me a better person and that writing a blog makes me a better reader. Oh, and TEA. YUM. Rooibos chai has become my go-to drink, particularly when it’s rainy outside (pretty common where I live on the west coast of Canada, let me tell you!).
Great picks 🙂 I love this weeks topic as I love seeing just how many people can adequately describe exactly how I feel about books and blogging! I completely agree that reviewing books on the blog makes me think about the book more when I am reading it. My TTT.
I love this ttt and seeing everyone’s reasons for being a reader and blogger.
Awesome list <3
Here's our TTT
Doris @ OABR
The “easiest and cheapest way to travel” comment made me chuckle. I wish I had the concentration to listen to an audiobook while multitasking — I’ve tried and failed.
I love your number three reason! I think that blogging really has been able to help me give solid reasons why I like or dislike a book more than just the basic “I like this” “I dun like this”.
And yes. Books and tea go hand in hand. So much so that I have overflowing book and tea shelves. 😉 Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.