By: Devin Riggs, Regular Contributor
I know not everyone is an avid reader like me, or as passionate about how important books are in my life. But being a bookworm is awesome. Books add to my life. They make it fuller and more vibrant. Books are always there for me…
When I need to escape.
When the real world is getting me down books provide freedom. I don’t have to leave my bed and I don’t have to spend money on an expensive plane ticket. No matter what is going on in my life I can always dive into a different world, a different time, a different person. I can be anyone. I can be anywhere. Books give me a break when I need to get away from the stresses of my job, personal problems, and the imbalance of life that squeezes my heart and makes my bones ache.
To teach me things.
I believe that learning is a life-long process and reading is the most resourceful tool when expanding your knowledge. This doesn’t just apply to textbooks you have in school. I learn something new every time I pick up a book, regardless of the topic or the style. I’ve learned about the failures and the successes of history. I’ve learned about the quiet moments between two people and what it means to be a friend. I’ve learned what it takes to push through a challenge and take risks. I’ve learned so much about the world just by opening a book.
To connect with the past.
I’ve always been fascinated by history and books act as my very own time machine. All my favorite novels illuminate different points in history. Pride and Prejudice’s two hundred year old love story is still relevant and applicable to current times. The Book Thief gives insight to the power of words during World War Two. To Kill a Mockingbird is painfully beautiful in its interpretation of the world’s injustices. Shakespeare’s plays are unequivocally telling of his time while simultaneously timeless. I love submerging myself in another time seeing new and old things collide.
To discover new worlds with infinite possibilities.
Harry Potter. Lord of the Rings. Neverland. Narnia. Discworld. Need I say more? Just pick up a book and you can be a wizard or an adventuring hobbit, a rebel or a peacemaker. You can climb mountains or sail the seas, be an artist or a stay at home mom (or both). You can fight pirates and fall in love. As Ellie from UP says, “Adventure is out there!” The possibilities are endless. All you need is a little faith and trust…and pixie dust will turn your happiest thought into the greatest flight of your life.
In times of distress, reading is calming.
I am a very restless person and I find that reading is a very calming activity even when the material is suspenseful or frightening. There is a focus or center that it brings to the chaos of life. I can sit in a comfy chair with a good book and the rest of the world fades away. Books offer relief. My soul feels at peace.
Because sometimes, fictional characters are better than real people.
It’s no surprise that some people get attached to the characters in a book. In the great novels they feel like real people, like you could be friends with them. Fictional characters just…get me. They understand things I thought only I felt. They remind me that I’m not truly alone. Which is weird because they don’t exist outside the imagination. I have fallen for the likes of Dexter Jones (This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen). I have wished for friends like Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley. I have wanted to hold Celie in my arms (The Color Purple by Alice Walker). Fictional characters have saved me so many times with a helpful thought or a courageous act.
No batteries required.
Even with the mass popularity of e-readers like the Kindle or the Nook, printed books are always reliable. They don’t need to be plugged in. There is an escape, an adventure, or a lesson right at my fingertips. No strings attached. No batteries included.
I have had the amazing opportunity to read so many incredible books in my life and the wonderful thing is…there are so many left for me to discover. No matter what, books will always be around to help me, to guide me, to inspire me. I am proud to call myself a bookworm.
Anything we missed here? What do you love about books?
Devin has a degree in education with a focus in English. She is working to publish her first collection of poetry while also learning the art of patience. Her passions include Doctor Who, penguins, hats and scarves, potatoes, dancing, photography, and making people happy. She believes in the healing powers of music, spending time in the great outdoors, and a good night sleep.