Why books matter to me

Hi guys! How are you? How was your January? Mine was cold and pretty lame. Between getting back to work and being sick, ugh… it was not my month! I’m so happy it’s done. And next month, it’s spring!! Finally!

I’m back on the blog today to talk about…*drumrolls please* BOOKS! Yeah, you didn’t see that coming, did you?! No, more seriously, I’m going to talk about why books matter to me, why I enjoy reading so much, what stories are bringing to my everyday life. Let’s dive in, shall we?

πŸŒͺ Books allow me to escape to another world

When I’m reading fantasy or science fiction, I’m entering a whole new world with original settings, complex characters and societies with different rules that ours. Reading those stories allow me to experience multiple realities. You know the saying that goes “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.“, well… that couldn’t be more accurate! I do live someone else’s life and that feels so good to escape reality for a little while.

πŸ“š Books that made me escape to another world :

πŸŒͺ Books keep boredom at bay

That’s a bit awful to say but oh so true, reading passes the time. When you’re traveling, when you’re getting to work, when you’re waiting at the doctor’s office, it’s the perfect way to get rid of boredom. Plus, it’s portable entertainment. Even if books are sometimes really heavy (hello e-readers…), you can read anywhere! That’s not the case with a lot of other hobbies. I don’t think you can play tennis on the plane…

πŸŒͺ Books make me think

I love it when books make me think. First, reading gives me knowledge, I’m always learning something new (it can be about technology or another’s country traditions, anything really). Second, it develops my critical thinking skills. It’s especially the case with dystopia stories. They typically reflect contemporary sociopolitical realities and extrapolate worst-case scenarios as warnings for necessary change. It makes you question yourself and the society you live in.

πŸ“š Books that made me think :

πŸŒͺ Books ignite my imagination

I’m not a writer or anything but whenever I’m reading, I get SO inspired. It expands my horizons and I get a new perspective with every new story. My creativity runs wild and working in communication, I think it develops my creative skills. Plus, when I see my sister with her writing…oh man, reading more than 70 books a year really does improve her writing. It makes me want to write too. Maybe one day, I’ll write something with her (hi, that’s the dream).

πŸŒͺ Books make me feel less lonely

I can relate to the characters, their little quirks, their stories… and it makes me feel seen! I’m not the only one feeling this way or that way, books even sometimes gives me little tips on how to cope with a certain situation. Contemporary stories are pretty awesome for that! It also makes you more empathetic towards others. You read a story about someone going through something and when it happens in real life, it may be dumb, but you know how to handle it better. Maybe it’s controversial because when you read…well, you read alone but books are great for socialization. You can talk about what you read, what you liked and didn’t like and be part of a whole community, isn’t that great?

πŸ“š Books that made me feel less lonely :

πŸŒͺ Books are good for my brain

Yes! Books are good for my brain! Not to sound like a doctor (I’m really not), but it’s important to stay mentally stimulated. Studies show that reading keeps your brain healthy. It improves your memory but also your focus and your concentration. And since I’m reading in English (I’m French in case you missed that), I’m so happy because it really improves my English. It builds my vocabulary and maybe someday I could even call myself fluent (yeah…dream on girl).

πŸŒͺ Books give me peace and tranquility

I suffer from anxiety and reading really helps me deal with that. Books manage to reduce my stress and it helps me sleep better. Whenever I get freaked out or something, I would pick up a book and just read a few lines, it helps me to stop the incessant monologue going on in my head. Moreover, there are so many kind of reads to choose from that, according to your mood, you’ll definitely find what you’re looking for.

β˜‚οΈ You might also be interested in: 10 YA books dealing with anxiety

What about you? Why books matter to YOU? Why are you reading?

Tell me, which books make you feel less lonely?

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48 thoughts on “Why books matter to me

  1. Ahh wow, such a lovely post! I agree with all of these, especially the lonely bit. No matter what sorts of emotions you’re feeling, 9 times out of 10 someone has written a book about it. And that fact is so, so comforting ❀

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  2. Lovely post πŸ™‚ good to think about why books are so important to me. Definitely yes to improving my English :’D I’m so glad I learned English by reading rather than listening/speaking because there are so many words that /sound/ the same but are spelled differently and mean different things :’D you don’t have that in my native language.

    But I think books are also really important to me to live vicariously through them. As someone who has always had chronic health problems, I’ve often felt (in bad periods) like I wasn’t really getting the most out of life, so it feels good to read and trick my brain into thinking I’m experiencing more than I’m actually experiencing :’D if that makes sense. It’s like I get a little ’emotionally claustrophobic’ and reading makes me feel like there’s more out there.

    I’ve also noticed it helps me sleep and calm down at the end of the day!

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    1. Thank you!! 😊
      Yeees, I totally agree with you! Reading really improved my English and really helped me understand how this language works!
      That’s so awesome!! I’m so glad reading helps you to get through the hard times! Books are really magic ✨
      Same here, it really helps me to relax!
      Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts on the topic 😘😘

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  3. Nyx!! You write so well in English! All the reading must have paid off! ❀

    I found myself nodding along at everything you said! I read books to feel things (and feel better too), to learn and think, to escape!! I don't travel much — and I can't travel to fictional worlds so reading is definitely great for the wanderlust in me.

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    1. Oh my god, thank you so so much! ☺️☺️
      Oh yees, I totally agree with the wanderlust thing! You can travel without moving your feet and be fully immerse in crazy worlds, how awesome is that?! 😁
      Thanks for stopping by! 😘😘

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  4. I really enjoyed reading this because it’s important to remember why we read in the first place πŸ˜€ Fangirl, like others, really helped put college in perspective for me and made me feel less alone. Fire and Hemlock is another book by Diana Wynne Jones that really made me feel seen because it handles divorce, growing up and how to be a hero in everyday life. It’s one of my favorite books of all time ❀ It's important to know that you are not alone out there and books are a great way to discover that!

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    1. Thank you!! And yes, I agree with you! Sometimes, we’re SO obsessed just getting through our TBR that we kind of forget why we love reading so much in the first place!
      Yees to Fangirl, I wish I read that one when I was in college!
      Oh, it sounds amazing!! I’m going to check it out 😊
      YEES! Books are really magic βœ¨πŸ’ž
      Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing! 😘😘

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  5. Absolutely loved reading this post I’d never have guessed that English isn’t your first language because you write so well! ✨ I agree with all your points. I think that I read mostly for entertainment. I find myself reading fantasy and science fiction books like the Mistborn Trilogy and Harry Potter to escape reality and experience new worlds. Sometimes when feeling a bit down or lonely it’s nice to be able to revisit characters that I connected with or just enjoyed reading and experience their banter with each other 😊 I never realised just how big the reading community was until recently so that makes things less lonely too πŸ’«

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    1. Aww, thank you so so much!! ☺️☺️
      Yeees, books are the best to espace reality for a little while πŸ’ž
      Oh totally! I never re-read but I do that with tv shows. When I’m feeling down, I like to re-watch shows that made me feel good 😊
      Thank you so so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! 😘😘

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  6. Ahh, yes, all of these reasons are so beautiful!! I also wrote a post on why I read a long time ago, so hearing other book bloggers’ opinions on the same subject is always fun. πŸ˜‰ Books are so beautiful and I agree that they can transport you to whole new world, cure your boredom, and make you truly think!! This was such a lovely post to read, Nyx ❀

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  7. This was a great post! πŸ™‚
    I have to say the first book that came to mind when you talked about books that made you think was the Uglies series too because I’m currently re-reading it and man, what a trip it is. The thought of everyone looking the same and being “pretty” so that it stops hatred, racism and bigotry is definitely a concept to make you think.
    Again, wonderful post! πŸ™‚

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  8. My two biggest reasons are the first two you brought up. I read for escape and to pass the time (mostly during my commute), but I definitely get a lot of those other things too. It’s the best when you can find a book that you connect to or evokes a big emotional response. I love reading about people and places I am unfamiliar with too, as I consider myself a lifelong learner.

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    1. Yeees, books you can connect with are so awesome and we enjoy them so much more 😁
      Totally, I really like to learn something new with every read 😊
      Thank you so much for stopping by 😘😘

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  9. I read because books relax and entertain me. They pause everything else while I’m reading and they bring me joy.
    Currently, my husband and I are living in Bangalore, India, and a lot of the time he is on a business trip, so books keep me company.

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  10. Oooh, I love this post so much!! And I 100% agree with you.
    Though I don’t really read fantasy or distopians, I still feel like I travel to a whole new world when reading realistic fiction. Usually cause it’s set in another country and the relationships aren’t the same as the one I have. And sometimes you just want an escape from regular life and immerse yourself in a lot of drama or swoon.
    Since last week, I actually made sure I always have a book with me, because you never know when you need to wait a little. I already did that when I went to work (because 1,5 hours commute…), but also started doing it when I meet up with people, or have an appointment somewhere. It’s a great way to spend time AND hopefully this way I can read more πŸ™‚

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    1. Aww, thank you so so much! I’m happy you liked it 😊
      Yeees! Totally!! Books are the perfect escape ❀️
      I’m doing exactly the same and god, I was SO glad to have my book with me when one day I got stuck in a train for 3 hours!
      Thank you for sharing! 😘😘

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  11. I absolutely adored this! Books truly are portable magic. We can be sitting in our everyday same lives and be completely transported out of them, whether to a fantasy world or just to somewhere comforting and safe. And you’ve hit the nail on the head with every single one of these–books are so, so important. Thank you for sharing!

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  12. I couldn’t agree more with these fabulous reasons as to why books matter to you!! I relate to each and every single on of them, some more than others, but certainly ~all~ of them. I’m not sure what I can add to this list other than perhaps mentioning that the fact that books have the ability to make me ~feel~ so much. Whether it’s wonder, joy, or sadness, the books I love the most are the ones that affect my emotions on a very deep level x

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  13. I read to escape, to pass the time, and to shut my brain up. Books are magical in that the same book can mean something different to so many different people. I’ll never understand when people don’t see the value of books. 😦

    I enjoyed your list. πŸ™‚ (And your English is wonderful.)

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  14. I agree wholeheartedly! I think the thought-provoking part might be my #1, really. Because it makes me question EVERYTHING, including my worldview, my own morals, etc. Which I think is incredibly important, especially now. And I LEARN so much about other people/groups/places/etc too! Which is equally important. And of course, they’re just plain fun! Love this post so much, Nyx!!

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  15. I love this post so very much! ❀ I became a reader in large part due to boredom and loneliness, although eventually I was lucky enough that my reading lead me to make friends. I also tend to gravitate towards character driven books, where I get to know people without any social interaction!

    I also have learned so much from books, as you mentioned. One of my proudest memories is when I managed to get my friend free from a place she was stuck, all because of a trick I’d read in a book a few days back. Plus, since you never know what you’ll learn, you broaden your interests by reading. I’ve learned cool facts and trivia in so many fiction books I’ve read.

    I think I read for a variety of reasons at the point. Sometimes it’s still from boredom. Sometimes it’s to discover something new. Then of course, there’s the fact that sometimes reading can lead to the best experience of all, where you read a book that feels like a look into your very heart and soul. There’s just so many aspects of reading that makes it so important to me! And it’s always nice to know that I’m not alone in feeling this way! πŸ’•

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    1. Aww, thank you so so much! I’m happy you liked it! 😊
      Oh yeah, a book is like a friend 😊
      That’s awesome you could help your friend!! You can learn so much in books and what’s great is that it never feels boring!
      Oh YEEES! Some stories make me feel seen ☺️
      Thank you so so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts on the topic! Talk to you soon 😘😘

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  16. This was so lovely to read, Nyx! Lately, I haven’t had much time or patience to dedicate to reading. I’m always running somewhere, either classes, my internship or rehearsals, so I’ve been lacking motivation, and this is exactly what I needed – to be reminded why, especially now, I need to be reading. I certainly could use some escaping to another world!

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    1. Thank you so so much, I’m happy you enjoyed it! 😊 I’m so glad I reminded you of the magic of books! It’s like being in a lovely bubble for a little while, it feels good 😊

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