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).
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.
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.
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 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
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
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.
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!