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Why Should You Read?

Reading is actually a way of achieving fast thinking, good judgment and of being more educated. Here are 10 reasons why you should read, regardless if you have read before or not.

Reason #1: Sometimes you get so bored, you can't find anything to do, your friends are out of town etc. What do you do then? Most probably, you watch TV or surf the Internet for a good web page to lose yourself in. In short, wasting your time, becoming even more bored. Instead of hours passing by without any real benefit, try reading a book from which you could learn something, that contains some history, geography or facts of life.

Reason #2: Have you ever stayed out of a conversation because you had absolutely no idea who Faust is? It's pretty embarrassing and people do notice. Of course, "Faust" is not the first book you should read, but step by step, you'll get there in no time!

Reason #3: A classic: your girlfriend has asked you to write her a love letter/love poem and you are totally clueless how you should start. Or finish. Or anything, for that matter. What should you do? Open a poetry book with poems about love. Don't use the first two lines you notice that sound good. You should find something that suits you. It would be a lot easier if you had previously read more, so that you knew where to get inspired from, wouldn't it?

Reason #4: How did that go? "He who laughs last..." You can't remember! Reading not only improves your memory, but you find more witty things to say.

Reason #5: Books contain the experience of their authors; maybe the author has gone through something similar with you and he has a solution, or maybe you could prevent something bad from happening.

Reason #6: Even if not consciously, you admire people who have a vast vocabulary and know how to use it. By reading, your vocabulary expands and so does your ability to form harmonious sentences. Without any real effort.

Reason #7: When you feel down, you need to escape this world and all the problems you have. There is nothing better for this than a book, in which you lose yourself and become a superstar, a mermaid, a pirate etc. I know this sounds cheesy, but try it and you will realize I'm right. Your mind and soul will feel free.

Reason #8: It is cheaper than other activities. If you get bored, you go and watch a movie at the cinema, eat out, go shopping etc. A book costs far less and keeps you occupied for some time. You have the option of ebooks, which are a lot cheaper and more accessible. Of course, there is a certain "je ne sais quoi" about the smell of a new book. You can buy cheaper books from their owners, borrow from your friends or get a library card.

Reason #9: You can impress someone with what you learned. Good looks are important too, but it is even more important to be able to have a pleasant conversation with the person you like. Your personality and mind define you.

Reason #10: It's interesting to learn how the great minds of this world thought - if you're lucky, you'll be able to find your flaws and correct them.

So my advice is pick up a book - an easy one at first - and start reading. You just might like it! But keep in mind that everyone has a favorite genre, so if you don't like that book, it probably isn't the right one for you. Go to a bookstore and read a few pages before you buy it.


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