In the public school setting (and, well, public in general), people seem to always have negative things to say about reading.
“Reading is sooo boring. I’d rather watch the movie.”
“Only lonely people read.”
“Why would you want to stay home and read when you could go party?
I’m perpetually rolling my eyes at that last one.
What a small percent of us in modern society know, however, is that it actually pays to be a bookworm. Here’s why.
1) Cheap Travel
You can travel the world, and discover other worlds, at a majorly discounted rate. Or, for free, if you read solely library books.
2) Master Vocab Skills
The more you read, the larger your vocabulary grows, and the better your language skills will be. Be ready to ace the SAT’s “word in context” questions.
3) Jeopardy!, Here We Come
From all the bits of random info you collect from reading, you’ll be an absolute boss at trivia. Your friends and family will fear you on game nights.
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5) Level Up as a Writer
Reading utilizes your imagination and helps it develop, thereby enhancing your writing skills. Famous authors advise young writers to “read wide” for a reason!
6) Be the First on the Fandom Bandwagon
By reading the books, you’ll get the real story behind the newest “as based on the book by…” movie or TV series craze before anyone else. Of course, this often leads to the “that didn’t happen in the book” debates. 😉
7) A Smarter Entertainment Choice
Bored? Reading is a smarter alternative than scrolling through social media all day. In the long haul, reading will provide more educational value than any timeline of memes and selfies.
8) Speed Reading
The more you read, the better you’ll get at it. This is a huge advantage if you’re still in school and are assigned a lot of required reading for class. Of course, speed reading doesn’t make textbooks any less painful to endure. 😛
9) You’re Never Alone
Reading introduces us to the lives of thousands of different characters who we can relate to, and learn that others experience the same problems we face on a daily basis. By relating to fictional characters and seeing how they combat their internal conflicts, we can better endure our own problems.
10) Social Awareness
Whether you’re reading a book about someone with epilepsy, social anxiety, or a skill like mountain climbing, you’ll learn tons about aspects of life other people go through. Reading about any topic creates social awareness of those issues and can inspire empathy for the needs of others.
Talk to Me, Arrowheads!
If you’re a bookworm, tell me how reading has enhanced your life! What other reasons can you add to the list above that show how being a bookworm pays off?
Aim high, stay strong, and always hit your mark.