4 Reasons Why You Should Read (and a giveaway)

If you’ve been around here before, you probably already know how much I love reading.  I’ve mentioned my love of books and of writing several times, and every once in a while you’ll even see me sharing book recommendations or reviews! But if reading isn’t your thing, it can seem strange to see someone who loves it.  So here four reasons I think everyone should give reading a chance (and why I’m shocked when I talk to someone who says they never read).

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For Entertainment

As much as we all love watching a good episode of our favorite show, going to the local AMC for a new movie with friends, or seeing a play on Broadway, it surprises me to see people who don’t think of books as a form of entertainment.  Just like anything else, books tell a story meant to entertain us in some way, whether it’s to teach us something new, to take us to another world, or to indulge a fantasy we might have.

To Learn

Books have been pushed on us for as long as we can remember as a pathway to learning.  Our years spent in school were built on textbooks, and our parents have always loved to see us with a good book.  But just because you’re out of college doesn’t mean that you should stop wanting to know more.  As human beings, we’re built to crave new information, and books are an amazing way to fill that craving, especially since there are hundreds of books on any subject you can imagine.

To Escape

I just wrote on Monday about how my student loans have me trapped in one place, but books are an amazing way of getting away from where you are.  Whether you’re reading Harry Potter to find yourself in a magical world, or The Book Thief to put yourself in another time and imagine what that would have been like, a good book can take you anywhere.

For Culture

For as long as we’ve been able, human beings have been compelled to write things down.  Every story, every piece of history, every religious commandment has been recorded in writing, in some form or another.  Reading is a way of embracing and learning more about your culture.  Without it, we’d have trouble knowing who we are.

The Bookworm Giveaway

A giveaway hosted by Elle of The Lady Errant


The Prize

Sixteen Kindle ebooks that are so good I’m already planning on reading all of them. Since we all just chose one of our favorite books to recommend, there’s an awesome mix of genres, meaning something for everyone :)

The Terms

1) The Amazon Kindle app is available for a variety of devices, including PCs and Macs. If you’re a diehard physical book lover who absolutely loathes digital reading, this might not be the giveaway for you. While we love physical books too, ebooks won because they’re usually cheaper and can be sent instantly worldwide. No mail mishaps here.

2) Regardless, the winner will need a Kindle or Kindle app on some device, and be able to send me the email address associated with said account within 48 hours once notified of her status. If no contact has been made within 48 hours, I will select another winner. And naturally, I’ll check the entries.

3) Once I have the email address, the winner should receive all ebooks within another 48 hours.

4) Giveaway is open internationally – but with conditions. If you’re living abroad (and don’t have a US billing address associated with your Amazon account) there may be copyright issues restricting what you can receive. In that case, instead of the ebook, you would automatically receive Amazon credit. If there’s a problem with getting credit or receiving your books, contact me because 1) I’d like to know if there’s an issue for future reference and 2) I’d like to help.

The Books

Want to know a bit about the books you could be winning? Check out the slideshow below to see what books each person contributed, and what that book is all about!

The Entries

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  • http://thelilaclinnet.com/ Llinos @ The Lilac Linnet

    Sometimes people think I’m strange for reading so many books, but I think that it’s strange to be blessed with the ability to read and not use it for pleasure!

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      Exactly! I don’t understand how someone can absolutely hate reading. I know people who haven’t picked up a book since high-school, andI honestly cannot even fathom that.

  • Jessica Marie

    I should print this out for the library I work for! I love reading, but it’s so sad when people say they hate it so much.

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      I know! I just don’t even understand why people don’t like reading!

  • Beks

    I got my first library card before I knew how to read. My parents always gave my sister and I books for presents, and that’s probably a big reason why I’m a writer, today. You have to make time for reading, but the benefits are well worth the effort. My mom practically healed her own dyslexia by becoming an avid reader. It’s one of the best things about her.

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      hahah I remember my best friend and I trying to get library cards in our sophomore year of high-school and the librarian told us our parents had to be there with us to get the card. Neither of us could even sort of understand why two 16 year old girls needed parental permission to READ.

      • Beks

        Wow. I’m sure they just wanted to have someone to charge if you lost or damaged books, but WOW.

  • http://www.thechroniclesofchaos.com Mia Sutton

    I love this, Kiersten! I agree, it always strikes me a strange when people say they never read or they don’t like reading. I’m like, WHAT?! Lol. Reading is my favorite thing to do – gives me some time to escape to another place for a little while. :)

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      I know! I just don’t understand what people have against reading -you’re not a little kid, and nobody is telling you what to read. There are just so many options out there I can’t fathom being completely uninterested.

  • http://fromthedeskofj.blogspot.com/ Jenny @ fromthedeskofj

    I love reading! I stopped reading regularly for awhile because life got so hectic, but in the past months I’ve re-discovered my love for books. Making time for reading allows me to relax, unwind, and venture into another world for a little while :)

    Jenny
    From the Desk of J

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      That’s been me lately! But I have found that I still do a lot of reading online with blogs, articles, that type of thing. I try to make sure I read a bit before bed each night though, even if it’s just a few pages

  • http://www.erikafromamerica.com/ Erika

    These are simple and great reasons! Reading is great because it stimulates the mind and gets us to imagine and envision things in a way different way than other entertainment forms. I don’t read books as consistently as I used to — I read a TON online — but I have found myself recently withdrawing from television shows and craving time with the written word. But I think what you said about it being an escape when you can’t go anywhere else is SO important… I think I should use that more often when I am feeling wanderlust but am stuck at school. :)

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      I completely agree!
      And I’m the same – unfortunately, with full-time work, and then all the other things you have to do in a day, right before bed is usually the only chance I get to read, and I’m usually exhausted by then. I try to read as much as I can, but like you a lot of my reading is online – blogs, articles, etc.

      • http://www.erikafromamerica.com/ Erika

        Yes, it’s so hard for me nowadays to really read books! Well, books not on a digital screen. You’re right — they kinda serve as a sleeping potion… Makes me a little sad :( Haha

  • http://texerin-in-sydneyland.blogspot.com.au/ TexErin

    All great points for those of us who enjoy reading. My mom says she can remember me reading way past my bedtime from the time I was 6 or 7. I still read myself to sleep every night.

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      haha I did the same thing, and I still do!

  • http://www.chasingmyextraordinary.com/ Kenzie Smith

    I do not have just one favorite — I have hundreds! There are so many books that are good for specific reasons while others are just fantastic altogether. Some current favorites include books from the Green Rider series, the Women of the Otherworld series, and of course Harry Potter!

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      I always say the same thing – when I get asked my favorite book, I usually have a few answers. HP I LOVE but i haven’t read those other series – I’ll be adding them to my list!

      • http://www.chasingmyextraordinary.com/ Kenzie Smith

        I don’t think that it is possible to have just one answer — I have read so many good books ha ha! You’ll have to check them out! I loved them!

  • http://www.oakandoats.com/ Elizabeth Mayberry

    My favorite book – oh boy, that is hard! But I am thinking that I will have to go with the Harry Potter series and the Chronicles of Narnia series

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      I know! It’s such a tough question – whenever I get asked, I end up coming up with a few answers. Harry Potter I LOVED, but Chronicles of Narnia I’ve actually not read yet. I’ll have to add it to my Goodreads list!

      • http://www.oakandoats.com/ Elizabeth Mayberry

        Oh girl! You NEED to!

  • http://winingwhining.blogspot.com/ Cat R

    My favorite book is Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. It has been forever (it is somewhat of juvenile/YA fiction, after all) so I have more recent favorites, but this one is always so inspiring! It always makes me want to be more true to myself and a better person overall.