My writing journey today is about my reading journey—and perhaps, yours, too.
Admiring friends as they keep up with their Goodreads reading profile, I ticked this to-do item off my list today, and plan to keep up with it.
‘Having read several good books, anthologies, and literary journals lately, Goodreads is the hang-out for connecting with readers and writers. It’s a place to discover the next great book to read and why. You can follow my reading journey on Goodreads.
Here are some reasons for reading:
1. (To) Change When writers impart motivational, spiritual, and cognitive thinking skills to us, we become stronger to overcome personal challenges.
2. Exercise Brain Muscles (Yes, our brain is a muscle!)
3. (To) Feel for Others Feeling empathy for what the character is going through gives us greater socialization skills.
4. Imagination Other people’s stories can open a whole new world for us to envision places, people, and ideas that otherwise could remain dormant.
5. Information Gathering Becoming familiar with other places, people, and cultures, we become a little bit more familiar with our world.
6. Learning at one’s own Pace With self-help, how-to, and craft and recipe books, we are in control of our own hands-on-approach.
7. Morality Building How characters approach their challenges gives us an opportunity to discern our own choices.
8. Self Esteem By becoming more informed in various life situations, we become more confident in ourselves.
9. Stress Reliever Even as stories heighten our sensory impulses, this same story can envelop us, letting us become relieved of any current concerns.
10. Vocabulary Builder Whether it’s words in our native tongue, conversations found in other cultures, slang, or a new way to verbally express a concept, our choice in which words to use when communicating expands.
Imagination and Information Gathering are likely my top reasons.
xxx What are your reasons for reading? Any other reasons you read? Please share.x
Goodreads at https://www.goodreads.com/
For a more in-depth and comprehensive take on using Goodreads, check out this free PDF: “Make Use Of: an unofficial guide to goodreads for readers and writers” by Nicole Dionisio. (Link here).
The Importance of Reading by Tawni Fagan and Nicole Holley. This 3-minute video found on YouTube is as relevant today as when it was posted.