Why read?


Recently, a friend asked me this — “why do you like to read?” Of course, my first thought was “why not?” But then I got to thinking a little. Why is it that we (or at least some of us) feel compelled to read and enjoy it?

My second thought in response to my friend’s question was that reading makes us think. And, though it sounds simple, I think I might be on to something. I find that often, we’re bombarded by so much…well, stuff. Television. Movies. Video Games. Cell phones. The list goes on and on. It’s so easy in our day-to-day lives to slide through on cruise control and not really think at all about what we’re doing, where we’re going, who we are, who we want to be.

A good book allows us to slow down a little. A good book gives you some serious quality time with your thoughts. And, not only that but, it lets you see into someone else’s thoughts. This is something that I look at as very precious — a little gift, a privilege.


  1. That’s a good point. I don’t often think about why I like to read very much, but I think you’re right. It’s a different, much more peaceful experience, in which someone can be wholly submersed in the subject, rather than being distracted by everything else. It’s that time to think that makes the difference.

  2. It definitely is! It’s relaxing. I don’t always get to or take the time to sit down and read… but when I do, I find myself really being able to take a second and just enjoy what’s in front of me. How often do we do that nowadays? It’s a very calming and, in some ways, spiritual experience. I love it.

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