Any avid book reader (such as myself) will tell you that immersing yourself in a great novel brings your imagination to life and transports you to another world where all the troubles you face in reality don’t exist- it’s just you and the characters. When we read we’re improving lots of aspects of our well-being, such as growing more empathy, improving memory, cutting stress, and even just making us more positive overall. And isn’t that the most important thing in life?
Over and over again I hear people complain that reading isn’t for them because they can’t find a good book, or it’s BORING! There are millions upon millions of fantastic books out there of all genres to get lost in, and I truly believe that there is a genre out there for everyone. And by no means is reading boring! I’m going to put it out there and say that reading a novel is a skill that all comes down to your interpretation and imagination, because realistically speaking, we’re the authors, the words are there to be manipulated into our own story based on our personal life experiences, and we’re the ones that create the characters in our heads and decide whether or not we like them. Take me for instance, I find reading fantasy a real chore, and I truly believe it’s a talent to be able to comprehend a whole different reality than our own, but when I discovered romance, I was converted for life and reading became exciting and pleasurable.
No one should be reading because they have to, it should be because you genuinely love the feeling of travelling to another world with characters you’ve created and grown a connection with in your mind. And if this isn’t how you feel when you’re reading, then you just haven’t quite found the right book for you. So keep on looking, because it’s out there somewhere.
“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.”-JK Rowling