Reason #1: It builds brain power. Reading makes you smart. Unlike watching television, which requires no thought process, reading is an active learning experience that will keep your mind sharp.
Reason #2: It reduces stress. The stress of dealing with parents, relationships, schools, teachers and the future slips away when you lose yourself in a great story. A well-written novel can transport you to other realms, letting tensions drain away and allowing you to relax.
Reason #3: It’s a great way to share with friends: Talking about your favorite characters, discussing an unexpected plot twist and voting on which celebrities you’d like to play the different characters in the movie adaptation of your favorite novel is a great way to pass the time with you friends.
Reason 4: It provides low-cost entertainment: If you’re like most young people, you don’t have a lot of money. If you’re looking for entertainment on a budget, you can’t beat books. Reading books takes longer than watching movies, and the discussions with friends that follow can go on for hours. Or even spark a romantic relationship. Remember The Fault in our Stars?
John Green’s phenomenally successful young adult novel centered on the romantic relationship between two young people who were brought together over a book. Not a bad way to connect with the girl/guy you like.
Reason #5: It eliminates boredom: Have you ever found yourself saying “I’m bored?” Especially during the summer when it’s all re-runs and you’re tired of looking at a computer screen? If so, pick up a book.
A great book lets you escape to a more interesting place: Sometimes our daily life can start to feel dull, dry or depressing. At times like this, a great release is to dive into a novel for a much needed escape. Whether you want to travel to the land of the Hobbits, a galaxy far away, or a tropical island, the choice is yours. You can go anywhere in the world, to any dimension—at least for a little while. Those few hours away from your own reality will probably be the best few hours you had all day.
Reason #6: It makes you look totally cool. Next week’s post will be “Celebrity Bookworms” Come back and read about the stars you never thought were into books–in totally big and awesome ways.