Reading with Kat

Working Mother Book Blogger

I’m joining the Top Ten Linky with Artsy Reader Girl this week to give 10 reasons why I love to read.

So here goes…

  1. Relaxation – there is nothing more relaxing than sitting by an open fire reading an unputdownable book. I feel like all my worries and cares are melting away as I am transported to another world. I just read a book (which I will blog about this week) about “The Art of Rest” and after surveying 18,000 people on what activities they find most relaxing, reading comes in first!
  2. Escapism – speaking of being transported to another world, the wonder of reading is that you get to visit Pemberley or the Capitol, you get to live more than nine lives, you live the lives of the protagonists, you get to be Jo March running through the rain to kiss her Professor, you get to walk the Apalachian Trail with Bill Bryson, or you get to take caution peeks at some areas of life you hope you never experience like poor Alice.
  3. It takes me back – I read a lot as a child, sitting alone in libraries, snuggled up in bed, laying in the sun, happy times, and so reading takes me back to a simpler time, a time before work and boys and even before Covid, a time where you only had to go to school for 6 hours, then the day was yours.
  4. Learning – I read a lot of non-fiction because I love to learn and I always want to improve myself, so every book I read, I feel like I have learned a tiny nugget or two, which helps me get closer to that better person I will someday be.
  5. Compassion – when you read about someone who is not you, it helps you to understand people and the world that much better; it puts things into context, it gives you insight into other lands (some of them made up) and shows you what other people are like; you might learn what it is like to be inside Eleonor Oliphant’s head and therefore have more compassion for those around us who may be appear to be a little odd. You may have compassion for the Tatooist at Auschwitz who was only doing his job to save his own life.
  1. Possibility – I love the possibility and anticipation of a new book, with each opening of the first page it is possible that this will become your new favourite book. There are 130 million unique books in the world; and for me to be able to read them all I would have to read 1.7 million books per year. Last year I read 73 books so I am a little shy of that 😉 but there is possibility in that number; there will also be more books and the possibility of beautiful prose and delicious language and fantastical journeys.
  2. Travel – reading enables you to travel (in your mind at least) to every country in the world and to space. I’ve walked on Mars and grown potatoes with Mark Watney, I’ve been rained on in Forks with Bella, I’ve been to Ireland many times to visit the Walsh family and I’ve been to District 12 in Panem.
  3. Fun – reading is fun right?
  4. Bookshelves are beautiful – I love a bookshelf full of books, it is sexy and it is beautiful and it is knowledge and power, I love bookshelves full of books.
  5. Multi-tasking – this is limited to audiobooks, but when I am listening to a book, I am able to multi-task and whatever I am doing, just became less boring. Because I hate being bored, and I hate doing housework, I don’t particularly love walking, or cooking, so when I am doing something boring, I pop in my airpods and off I go…transported to another world.

Which one of these 10 resonates most with you? Why do you love to read?

31 thoughts on “Top Ten reasons why I love to read

  1. Astilbe says:

    Bookshelves are beautiful for sure.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

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    1. katchambers says:

      Yes, we recently bought two expensive beautiful white bookshelves and they make me so happy!

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  2. lydiaschoch says:

    I need to try listening to audiobooks while walking or cooking. What a great idea.

    My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/top-ten-tuesday-reasons-why-i-love-reading/

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    1. katchambers says:

      I have been doing this for years, I get through so many books and am far less bored than I have ever been! I actually don’t know how I did housework without audible!

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  3. Susan says:

    Yes to all of these, but I particularly love #6. No matter how many books I read, I will never get over the thrill of possibility I get when I hold a new read in my hands. You just never know what you’re going to get and I LOVE that!

    Happy TTT!

    Susan
    http://www.blogginboutbooks.com

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    1. katchambers says:

      Yes me too, and as you start reading and start to realise you are enjoying the book – its the best feeling!

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  4. Relaxation is the one I most agree with. Here is my post-https://paigesofbook.blogspot.com/2021/07/top-ten-tuesday-eight-reasons-i-enjoy.html.

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    1. katchambers says:

      Yes, but for me it must be paired with a comfy chair!

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  5. Lark says:

    Bookshelves are beautiful! I read to escape, and for entertainment & fun, and for many of your other reasons, too. Great list!

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    1. katchambers says:

      Thank you, I was stumped at first, I thought: I love reading because I just do, but eventually it all poured out!

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  6. Greg says:

    Escapism is the best! A great book after a long day… and yes, reading by a fire. Simpler times as well.

    I like what you said about traveling too, other worlds. And the possiblilites of each new book. Great list! 🙂

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    1. katchambers says:

      Thank you, I love your list too. Literally reading by an open fire is my best thing ever to do! I just wish I had an open fire 😉

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  7. “The Art of Rest” sounds like an interesting book…
    Here’s my list!

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    1. katchambers says:

      Yes it was a great book. I shall be posting about it later this week. Thanks

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      1. Lovely! I’ll hop on over to your review. 🙂

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  8. masterspj says:

    Yes reading is fun!

    Here is my TTT post: https://readbakecreate.com/?p=468

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    1. katchambers says:

      Thanks for stopping by.

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    1. katchambers says:

      Me too, we just bought 2 new bookshelves!

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  9. Lexlingua says:

    Number 9 is a reason I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. I stumbled on a post about world’s most beautiful libraries, and I could have just gone on watching those. 🤩

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    1. katchambers says:

      Ha I wonder, I heard that looking at pictures of nature can actually lower your blood pressure; maybe for booklovers looking at libraries and bookshelves will do the same for us!

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      1. Lexlingua says:

        That’s very good to know! ❤

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  10. Marianne Maurer says:

    Great post, even some new reasons why to read that I didn’t see on dozens of other blogs. As you know, I love travelling through my books and yes, I planted potatoes with Mark Watney, been to District 12 in Panem and visited Ireland a million times (though I’ve been there in real life, as well), even if I never met the Walsh family.

    Is that your own bookshelf? It’s absolutely beautiful.

    Thanks for starting to follow me, it’s my absolute pleasure to follow you back. Your blog is great. And besides reading we have something else in common, I’ve lived in High Wycombe for six years, other side of Buckinghamshire but still the same county. Wave back to my old home. 🙋‍♀️

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    1. Marianne Maurer says:

      And thanks for visiting my TTT earlier.

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      1. katchambers says:

        You’re welcome and right back atcha!

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    2. katchambers says:

      Hi (waves to your old home) – where do you live now? I am afraid that one is not my book shelf, I borrowed it from google, I wish it was mine. Thank you for saying nice things about my blog. I have only just started with book blogging, but I am totally loving it. What a lovely community. I love your blog too that’s why I followed you. I tend to only follow book bloggers who either like the same books as me or have a lovely looking blog. Take care Kat x

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      1. Marianne Maurer says:

        Well, we’re German and after the last twenty years in the Netherlands, hubby retired and we are back home near my brothers.

        I think book blogging is the greatest. Unlike other “social” media, you can talk to anybody, even if they have a different opinion, it never gets out of hand. That’s how life should be.

        And yes, I also only follow blogs the way you do. I’m so curious about your next blogposts. I love how you already have a label marked “A-Z reviews before you even started them. Shows that you are an experienced blogger.

        Have a good weekend and see you sometime next week.

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      2. katchambers says:

        Oooh suddenly I feel pressure, I hope I don’t disappoint my readers. Thanks for the feedback hun on the A-Z thing. I look forward to reading your blog too. Take care Kat

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      3. Marianne Maurer says:

        No pressure. We all, or most of us, do this as our hobby, and we all have a life besides the blogging. Plus, we need to read the books first before we can write about them. I’m sure you’ll do great.

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  11. FangirlFlax says:

    Compassion is such an underrated reason to love to read! I absolutely agree. Great list 🙂

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    1. katchambers says:

      Thanks, I find when I start a book and dislike a character or the reasons behind their decisions, getting to know them means that I become more compassionate and often change my mind. Thanks for stopping by.

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