Welcome to another TTT! This week’s topic focuses on reading instead of books, and asks why I love reading! What an easy but fun topic! This week has been up and down as far as emotions for me go. I am still in a contemplative state in my life and have been applying for a bunch of jobs and have been extremely busy with college work. I am finally down to the last ten classes of my undergrad!

I have finally decided that I am not going to move at least until I finish my undergrad degree in the spring and until I start graduate school because I owe it to myself to walk at graduation in the spring... Since it has taken me years and a lot of hard work to finally finish my degree and unfortunately I have to stick out the summer in Phoenix to be able to do that..... I owe it to myself to celebrate something that took a lot of dedication to get.

Here are the top ten reasons why I love reading so much:

1. Escaping reality:

I love being able to escape this world and go someplace new. Being able to go to fantasy worlds or different times is so relaxing to me but also therapeutic. Especially with how crazy this current world and time period is. I love looking into the lives of other characters and people.

2. Insomnia sucks and reading helps me fall asleep

I cannot sleep at night until I read. I have horrible insomnia and reading really does help me to calm down and unwind from the day that I have had. It allows me to decompress and relax. However, I will admit that if I get into a really good chapter of my book or end on a cliffhanger sometimes I will be up way later because I need to know what happens in my book or it's hard to put down a really good book.

3. Reading makes you a better writer

Some of the best advice that I got from an author was if you want to write that reading more books helps you to be a better writer. That the more you read the better your writing gets and I truly believe that! Writing and reading have always been huge passions of mine since I was a very little kid. When you read, your brain automatically absorbs good writing techniques, skills, and vocabulary. You will even unconsciously copy the writing styles of the many books that held your attention. Plus, I truly believe that reading a good book also enhances your vocabulary and spelling. I mean why else would schools make you read so much?

4. I love the smell of books and the beautiful covers

There is nothing like the smell of books. It's literally one of my favorite smells ever. Plus, all of those beautiful covers! Nothing compares.

5. Helps you connect with people you wouldn't have otherwise

Reading has allowed me to connect with people all over the world but also connect more with my family members and friends that do read. It has allowed me to participate in great discussions in my life that I wouldn't have been exposed to. Reading has opened me into a whole new community of readers in general and into the literary world/community. It also opened me up into the blogging world and made me found a whole new passion of mine in blogging itself. I have met hundreds of people alone just from blogging and talking about books that I wouldn't have otherwise. I am beyond grateful for the connections that I have made through reading and books!

6. Best form of entertainment

To me, reading is my favorite form of entertainment and passes the time when I am bored. Reading allows me to not be bored anymore. In a lot of ways, it is the cheapest form of entertainment too. If you use the library it is completely free! Which there are not a lot of things these days that you can do for free that are still super fun but free/cheap!

7. Books make me happy

When life can be stressful, nothing calms me down or makes me happy like books can. Books literally help my mental health/mental illness. My depression and anxiety are always automatically better after reading a good book. NOTHING BRINGS ME JOY LIKE BOOKS! Reading calms my stress/stressful situations experienced throughout the day. Reading brightens my day and gives me something to look forward to.

8. Experience happily ever afters in a world of sadness and chaos

When the world is so depressing, scary, and sad these days reading about stories that end in happily ever afters or good endings make me feel more hopeful and positive about my own life in general. It allows me to forget about all the chaos and depressing situations the world has come to these days! In general, it makes me less afraid to live in this big scary world. 

9. It helps me to believe that true love is possible

Reading helps me to believe that romance is not dead. That there are still decent human beings out there that all people have a true love just waiting around the corner. It helps me to believe that love and romance are not dead. Reading allows me to be hopeful in the love and romance department but also reminds me of what I deserve when it comes to love and dating and to never settle!

10. Reading helps me to believe that all things are possible and to never give up

Reading teaches me to be brave and persevere even when all hope is lost. Certain characters in books never give up and to me, that is very inspiring. Books inspire me all the time. There is always hope no matter how much you think there isn't. There is always a chance of a good outcome. You have to keep trying and push yourself to be the best version of yourself. You never know what is right around the corner if you just keep trying. Books taught me this. That even when all hope is lost and you think evil will prevail it doesn't. Good always trumps evil. In the darkness, there is still light. Light will always win against darkness. Lord of The Rings quotes says it the best. There is always hope.

“May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.”

“That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.” – Sam

“Frodo: I wish the Ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.
Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”
“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.”  

Why do you love reading?
Are there any similar answers you share with me from above as to why you love reading too?