The Drive to Read

 

What drives you to read

What drives you to read? 

I think my love for reading books started a bit late. I have loved picture books as a kid, but I eagerly wanted to finish thick books only after I was forced to read a pocket book for a book report when I was in grade 5 or 6.

The accomplishment of being able to finish a pocket book was exhilarating that time that I wanted to read another one. I was so happy because I couldn’t believe I could actually finish an entire book without pictures.

I then challenged myself to read from thin books to thick ones. Now, I also explore from one genre to another to see which ones appeal to me the most. I still prefer detective stories until now. 🙂

Photo Credit: AcademicHelp.net
Photo Credit: AcademicHelp.net

To a survey of Why people read by readitforward, these were some of the answers: =)

  1. “BECAUSE IT’S MORE EFFECTIVE THAN ANTI-DEPRESSANTS AND CHEAPER THAN THERAPY”

  2. “BECAUSE I CAN’T NOT READ”

  3. “BECAUSE IT SOOTHES MY SOUL”

  4. “TO SUBDUE THE INCESSANT MONOLOGUE IN MY HEAD”

  5. TO FALL ASLEEP

  6. “PRETTY SURE IT’S BECAUSE I’M ADDICTED”

  7. “BECAUSE T.V. IS BORING”

  8. TO FORGET

  9. BECAUSE THERE ARE BOOKS

  10. TO OPEN DOORS

  11. TO BECOME PART OF SOMETHING BIGGER

  12. TO EXPAND MY HORIZON

  13. TO LIVE SOMEONE ELSE’S LIFE FOR A WHILE

  14. TO IGNITE MY IMAGINATION

  15. TO TRAVEL THROUGH TIME

  16. “BECAUSE IT MAKES ME HAPPY”

  17. TO DE-STRESS

  18. TO LEARN

  19. TO RELAX

  20. TO ESCAPE

Top 10 benefits of reading:

  1. Those who read get better at it.
  2. Reading exercises our brains.
  3. Reading improves our concentration.
  4. Reading teachers us the world around us.
  5. Reading improves vocabulary and language skills.
  6. Reading develops imagination.
  7. Reading develops empathy.
  8. Those who read do better at school/work.
  9. Reading gets you entertained.
  10. Reading relaxes the body and calms the mind.

Just by looking at people who are reading inspires others to read. I remember an experience six years ago while in Europe, from the airport to the train station, people were carrying books, some tablets for e-books. Almost everyone was just into the stories they were reading. I seldom see people reading in public places in Jeddah, so I was so happy to see that in another world, reading books still prevail. It honestly got me inspired to read again. To learn something new, to explore different writings, to see different views. I ended up buying a book (as a souvenir). 🙂

In the Bible, an instruction was given to meditate on it day and night, to be careful in doing what is in it, then you will be SUCCESSFUL and PROSPEROUS. =)

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Some quotes about reading: =)

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If you are in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, you can join The Literary Girls Club or The Jeddah Book Club

There’s also a Jeddah Book Exchange page where you can swap your old books. Enjoy!

How about you? What drives you to read? If you don’t read, what are your reasons? This post about WHY WE DON’T READ and how to change it, will help you. =)

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