If you’re deciding whether or not to let books consume your life — here let me help you: CHOOSE THE BOOKS.
Reading is absolutely guaranteed to make your life infinitely better. Listen to me because I know everything. I am a certified know-it-all and there’s no one else you should go to for advice. Just me. It’s truth.
Now I know * you’re sitting there scrolling through my blog and frowning slightly and saying “But, Cait, aren’t you going to back up your statements with proof?” Well, you little skeptical grapefruit, yes I do have proof. I have a list for you of 10 reasons reading will absolutely improve your life. So if you’re hesitating about (A) selling your liver/sister for more books; (B) throwing caution to the wind and letting books take over your life/soul/face; or (C) taking the first steps to becoming a fledgling bookworm — then this is the post for you.
And if you already know reading improves your life, then this post is here to pat you on the back ** and say “Good job, smol wonderful child of the pages. You are wise.”
* See?? I KNOW IT ALLLLLL.
** Which I doubt would be a comforting thing, because if my blog has animated and started patting people on the back then, good sir, please get up and scream and run.
1. YOU WILL THINK TO DO THINGS YOU’VE NEVER THOUGHT OF BEFORE, WHICH IS ESSENTIALLY THOUGH-THIEVERY…BUT WHATEVER.
You know how hard it is to have original thoughts? VERY HARD. Why do you think it’s so fun to quote movies??? It’s so we don’t have to think up things to say. We can save our precious braincells.
And this is where glorious books come in: you now have an infinite collection of pre-thunk ideas to put into action.
Like seriously, I would never have thought to fight for the right of scrambled eggs for all meals (The Fault in Our Stars) or eat an unreasonable amount of blue food (thanks Percy Jackson) or considered keeping a wild flesh-eating horse for a pet (thanks The Scorpio Races) until I started reading BOOKS. Now look at me. I’m eating blue scrambled eggs while reading on a deathly horse all the time.
Books are VERY inspiring.
2. YOU HAVE AN EXCUSE NOT TO GO PLACES NOW.
I realise some people do actually like to go places (which is weird and confusing) but there comes a time in EVERYONE’S LIFE where they just want to stay home. And now, if you are deep into the bookworm life, you have reasonable and believable excuses.
- I can’t come, this book is due back at the library and I have to finish it.
- I can’t come, because there’s a book in my bag and this activity involves water and I can’t get my book wet.
- I can’t come because I can’t carry my bookshelf with me. My shelf has separation anxiety. Must stay with it.
- I can’t come, my book bit me and I need to stay home and nurse my wounds.
- I can’t come, because I’m buried under the 845 books on my TBR and who knows when I’ll dig myself out???
- I can’t come, I’m entertaining “guests” (code name: books).
- I can’t come, I have bookmail due to arrive and if I don’t pick it up at the door I think the universe might explode. Don’t know for sure, but who wants to take that risk???
3. READING GIVES YOU A TON OF INSTANT FRIENDS.
All you need to do is put two people on twitter who’ve both said, “Well, yes, I’m totally obsessed with Game of Thrones” and — BOOM — they’ll be instant friends! They’ll be discussing theories, the actors’ hair on the show, and finale predictions until dawn and probably be married * in two days time.
And we all know, discussing Game of Thrones HAIR ** will definitely improve your life.
* Just don’t let it be a RED WEDDING BETWEEN YOU BOTH OMG.
** Jon Snow’s is the most glorious, obviously. But we won’t deny the majesty of Sansa Stark or Dani’s hair either.
4. YOU WILL BECOME FABULOUS AT MULTI-TASKING, WHICH IS A GRAND LIFE SKILL THAT MANY WILL ADMIRE YOU FOR. SO #WIN.
Because bookworms multitask all the time. It ranges from simple multitasking, like reading + stirring soup. All the way to reading + helping your friend bury a body. Everything is entirely possible with a book in hand, and if you think it’s not, then you’re just not being creative enough.
The only thing you probably SHOULDN’T do while reading is ordering more books. Because pay 100% attention to your new children, is all I’m saying.
5. READING GIVES YOU SOMETHING TO DO AT ALL TIMES.
Plus it’s constructive. So it’s not like you’re stuck waiting in line to buy your first pet zebra with nothing to do for hours and hours. NO! You have a book. This is perfectly helpful for travelling or holidays or when (God forbid) your WiFi goes down. And, provided it’s a physical book, it’s something that doesn’t need electricity which means you are NEVER without something to do.
6. READING HELPS YOU DISCOVER A TON OF THINGS THAT SERIOUSLY ANNOY YOU THAT YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT BEFORE.
Before becoming a bookworm, WHO KNEW that I had such an issue with stickers on books??? Stickers on books are like the most evil abhorrent idea to ever crawl out of the darkest pits of Tartarus and WHOEVER THOUGHT OF THEM NEEDS BE POSTED TO JUPITER WITH NO SNACKS AT ALL EVER AGAIN. THE END.
I always thought I was pretty easy going but hahahhhaah no. I’m an uptight squirrel. Bless books for bringing this to my attention.
7. READING RAISES AWARENESS FOR ISSUES YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE CONSIDERED BEFORE.
I honestly do get caught up in my own little world and forget that the rest of the universe is exploding like cakepops dropped into a Volcano due to unresolved and unfair issues. Reading has educated me a lot. Which is just the best thing ever. Sure I don’t live in a blissful unaware bubble anymore…but I’d rather know things about this muddy planet I’m on.
Reading has helped me be more respectful of others. I’m more aware about phrases that are direct culturally ingrained sexism, or I now realise that no one treats magical talking skeletons fairly and they have to cover up who they are. It’s abominable. These issues have become close to my heart — THANKS TO BOOKS.
8. READING MAKES YOUR HOUSE LOOK COOLER.
A HOUSE FULL OF BOOKS LOOKS FREAKING SPECTACULAR AND NO ONE CAN TELL ME OTHERWISE. You show me a photo of someone’s personal library and I will just holler at your face with adoration over it. I don’t want walls. I want bookshelves, everywhere.
9. READING WILL HELP YOU TAKE MORE RISKS AND LIVE A MORE EXCITING LIFE.
Whoever thinks bookworms are “boring” has clearly never stacked 98 books on their TBR in perfectly precarious balance and LIVED TO TALK ABOUT IT. Reading is never boring. We go on mental adventures while diving into delicious prose. And then we go on physical adventures which include going to bookstores or figuring out how to fit 8 books into a place where only 2 should really go.
10. READING WILL CAUSE YOU TO GROW AS A PERSON.
Especially if you pile up a modest stack of hardcover books and then stand on them. TA-DA. YOU GREW! This is immensely helpful for vertically challenged people (aka myself) and young people who can’t reach tall shelves. 10/10 would recommend using books to help you grow as a person.
Oh, and also, like, grow on the inside with maturity and understanding. But that’s just a teeny tiny thing.