Ask a voracious reader why he or she makes time out of their busy schedule for reading a book. Have you ever wondered why they even read books?
What’s the importance of reading books for these bibliophiles? What makes those pages attractive to them? You can’t truly experience this feeling unless you have found the right book for you.
But if you are a beginner, here’s why reading books is an awesome thing.
1. Reliable knowledge base
When Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones is asked why he reads so many books, he says, “A mind needs books like a sword needs whetstone.”
Since ages, sages have read millions of books and even written many of them from their experience. The Gita, Holy Quran and Holy Bible are some of the religious books that have helped humans to establish peace in the world.
Moreover, while the Internet might give you erroneous information, officially published and vetted books are reliable sources of knowledge. Books (especially physical books) are thoroughly researched, cross-examined and edited critically. You can bank on the information given in books.
2. Enhances imagination
Watching movies doesn’t enhance your imagination. You are visually served with the characters in the movie and this is where your imagination ends.
In books, a lot is left to the readers’ imaginations. Prominent writers such as Charles Dickens, Bronte sisters, Hardy and others are known for the descriptive portrayal of their characters in the books. You can even draw the portrait of those characters by going through the description provided.
When you continue this practice, your imagination is enhanced and to quote Einstein: Imagination is more important than knowledge.
3. Whole new experience
We become the books we read, says Matthew Kelly. When we hold books in our hand and read them in our mind, we are disconnected from the world. In other words, we go far from the madding crowd.
Living in an imaginary world of books is a set of new experience and everyone should experience this at least once in their lifetime. This experience cannot be stated in words and you should experience this by picking just the right book for you.
4. Genius read books
Narendra Modi, the Indian Prime Minister, once shared that he always reads books before going to bed. He is a hard working personality and he manages to make time for reading.
Swami Vivekananda, Abraham Lincoln, and Nelson Mandela are other strong personalities who changed the world with their thoughts. They are also known to be avid readers.
If you’re a voracious reader of books, you might be changing the world in your own way too.
5. Book readers experience thousands of lives
You can be anything and everything you want if you read books. Whether you want to be Harry Potter or Oliver Twist, you can enjoy or suffer the hardship of any character in the book.
Book readers’ life never gets boring: they live millions of lives. On account of their rich imagination, they can dive deeper into the sea of the people from the story. Be an invisible man or time travel into the future, or you can just visit an ancient period and live your character there.
Be what you want if you are a reader!
6. Free Life Lessons
Books teach lessons. Experience is the most important key to success in life but what books can teach us is valuable to us. We can experience hardships and struggles, joys and pleasure even without actually experiencing it yet. Books teach us life lessons that we can apply in our life.
There is no one who can experience everything in life. It is practically impossible to learn from all mistakes. The best thing is to be prepared for every situation and books help us get ready for them.
7. Importance of self-help books
Self-help books don’t have a rich plot but these books inspire readers. Motivation plays a major role in our success. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill tells you the way how to get rich. The Art of Happiness by Dalai Lama and Howard Carter expresses the true happiness. Books by Robin Sharma and Dale Carnegie have transformed the lives of millions.
Books help you find the true meaning of your life. They are your companion. Laugh with them. Cry with them. Books will never judge you but books will teach you everything you want to achieve in your life.