top ten tuesday: reasons i love blogging + reading

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, a fun way to get yourself thinking and sharing about books and bookish things.

February 18: Top ten reasons I love being a blogger/reader

After a few weeks of Top Ten Tuesday topics that didn’t appeal to me much, I’m jumping back in! Who doesn’t love gushing about reading anyway? 🙂 Here are my reasons, in no particular order:

1. Experiencing new worlds, places, and people
I don’t have the opportunity to travel too often, so reading is usually a great way to explore the world. And don’t you love “meeting” new characters, even the ones you love to hate? The escapism factor is awesome too—sometimes if you’re having a bad day in your world, getting sucked into a book for a few hours might be just the ticket.

2. Learning about all sorts of things
And no homework or tests! I’ve been out of school for six years now but through books have been able to continue my education just as a human being, from political military affairs to dead bodies to a social history of the processed food industry to natural disasters. Yay for non-fiction!

3. Libraries and bookstores
Don’t they just seem like magical places, full of possibilities? Plus coffee 🙂

4. Challenges
I’m naturally a competitive person, and I’m happy to funnel that through book reading challenges, like the Eclectic Reader and TBR Pile.

5. Conversations + community
I love being a part of a group, having interesting discussions, and I find that books and reading are great ways to connect and share with others in person and online.

6. Books as art
I haven’t gone ahead and created any art myself, but I enjoy how artful books have become. Cover art is endlessly creative and having a full shelf of books can almost be like having a little art collection.

7. Technology makes it easy
Thanks to audiobooks you can be reading (yes, I count it) doing pretty much any and everything. I’ve listened to audiobooks while driving, cooking, working out, walking, cleaning, and more in 2013. I can’t believe I didn’t “discover” audiobooks for myself sooner!

8. Critical reading, thinking, writing
Being a good reader strengthens your brain, and I’m sure it has made me a better writer.

9. Tracking reading
I started keeping track of my reading in 2008, the year I finished grad school. First, I would just mark my books read down in Goodreads, maybe write a few sentences about them, and it’s just grown from there. I like looking back at my year in reading, and in 2014 I plan to record even more data, like year published, page count, male/female author ratio, and more.

10. Discovering new blogs, new authors
Before I got into blogging, I would find new books by visiting a bookstore and picking something that appealed. Now with all the new blogs I’ve discovered and online tools/sites that intuitively let you know recommendations based on your personal tastes, it has been a very long time since I’ve done that (although I still think it’s a fun activity!). Still, I’ve discovered so many new people and new books I don’t think I would have ever found on my own.

Why do you love being a reader and/or blogger?

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