This is 2020!! A brand new year!
The time when many of us brace ourselves for New Year’s resolution.You know, the usual things like eating healthy, getting up at 4 A.M or becoming vegan. Things which tend to have only a brief lifespan in our routines. Of course there are a few people who try hard and succeed. Kudos to them!👍
To be honest I was one among the majority who couldn’t put any of new year goals to action.
Every year I decide to take up reading as my hobby, for some reason it just never happened. May be because I gave up too soon.
However the good news is that those struggles were two years ago.
Reading is my favorite hobby now!!
But let me tell you, it wasn’t as easy as it sounds. Hobby is a leisure activity, something you do for enjoyment. In the beginning, it feels like more of a chore! Especially for those someone like me who would spend quality time in a clothing store than in a bookstore!
However, despite all the difficulties, I fell in love with reading the process.
Now I read at least 100 books each year!
Morethan the number of the books I proud of my reading habit!
Compared to those times when I read nothing but magazines and newspaper gossips I truly observe this as a massive achievement.
So if I can do that anybody can!
That’s why in today’s post, I am going to talk to YOU about the reasons why you should make reading your favourite hobby in 2020.
So, are you ready to become a bookworm this year?
1. The hobby costs almost nothing.
Reading is cheap. OK, let me explain! I am not talking about “buying books”. It’s a lot of money. But how about borrowing books from your nearest library?
Do you know how much my yearly library membership costs in Belgium?
That’s like 0.50 cents per month.
Drinking water here costs 0.67 cents per liter.
The best part about the memebership is that memebers may take up to 15 books at a time!
So isn’t this the cheapest thing in the world.
I am pretty sure that other countries will have similar price ranges.
So which concludes the first reason. #1 Cheap!
2 . You meet a lot of people in your reading couch!
Living in a foreign country is difficult at first for everyone and my case is nowhere different!
I hardly went out alone and had no friends.
I wasn’t someone with uncountable friends in my home country. However, in the new country, you feel lonely, don’t we?
I was depressed about the fact that there is no one to discuss the movie I watched or the new cuisine I tried.
“Not all those who wander are lost.”- J.R.R. Tolkien
So what did I do?
I read .
Most of the time reading helped me a lot . When you read you meet so many different characters through books. Characters who entertain you, influenced you or even make you sad. Once you read a lot, It’s almost like you meet them in person.
Let me list a few of my favorite characters for you.
The little Matilda from the book “Matilda” can amaze you. Her sheer intelligence is extraordinary. You would definitely like to have a kid just like her.
Who was the most curious person you have ever seen? For me it’s Peter rabbit. I am sure you would find him naughty at times. Actually, most of the time.
The lovely Anne Shirley was the one who helped me build up my imaginations. She taught me how to enjoy mundane tasks through sheer imaginations! Imagine everything as you want them to be and you will be supriced to see how much you find the amusing!
The list goes on.
Thus the conclusion #2 meeting new people!
3. Travel around the world.
I am somebody who would like to know about people and their culture. But what can anyone do who can’t afford travelling a lot?
Reading a book means going on an adventure, just like a hobbit.
You can travel anywhere you wish, just remember to choose the right book. Millions of books are waiting for you.
Books are also a great way to travel back in time. Start reading a Historical Fiction to find out what I mean!
“The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.”- Matilda, Roald Dahl
The fun part of reading is that it gives you freedom to choose books set in different parts of the world and even different time in history.
Books such as A Thousand splendid suns by Khaled Hosseini and Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte are great examples. These books tell stories of people from two different continents and from a completely different era.
In A Thousand splendid suns, Hosseini narrates the breathtaking story of Mariam in Afghanistan, whereas in Agnes Grey, Anne Bronte narrates the life of an impoverished governess, Agnes.
Another book I love a lot is Homegoing. The great novel by Yaa Gyasi about Ghana. The story follows two families for two centuries.
In conclusion, books takes you on a journey.# 3 Travel unlimitedly!
4. You can even learn a new language!
Well, I am not saying reading can make you an expert in a language! But books can help you a lot with your progress in a new language.
Books can help you improve your vocabulary, grammar and communication. Eventually you’ll see a difference in your language level.
I would recommend reading Children’s books for this reason. They are the best way to boost your vocabulary.
That concludes the reason.# 4 free language lesson!
These are the 4 reasons why reading is the best hobby. In addition, books can widen our perspective on the world we live in. Give it a try if you can and see for yourself.
Time for Your action:
What book are you going to read? The books I mentioned in this post are
- A thousand Splendid Suns
- Agnes Grey
- Home Going
If you happen to read any of them let me know what you think of it.
Tell me your thought about books in the comments or email me : [email protected]
Always Curious to hear from you,
Your bosom friend👩🏽💻.