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Some of my favorite things. About books. Because what else would we talk about?

According to Litsy, today is National Read a Book Day. While every day around these parts is read a book day, I thought that, in honor of the day, we’d cover a few reasons why you should read books. Or why I love books. I think they’re interchangeable. way to read

  • Books do not care what you look like, how you smell, or if you even remembered to brush your teeth. Books do not judge.
  • Books are available to everyone, regardless of income (well, this is a post in and of itself because it’s really not that simple but we’ll discuss this another day)
  • Books are there for you, day or night. Especially in the night when you can’t sleep. 
  • You’re never lonely with a book.
  • With a book, you’re never bored. And with all the ways you can read books, you can always have one with you.
  • There’s a perfect book for everyone.
  • This:reading in quiet
  • They’re just so pretty!
  • You can learn AND be entertained with books.
  • JOBS! With books, there are so many jobs (also another post)
  • Books make great conversation starters as well as provide easy talking points.
  • They never go out of style. In fact, some get better with age.
  • Speaking of age, as you hit different ages, a book you once read becomes new again. Perspective is a glorious thing.
  • Books leave a legacy.
  • They make wonderful heirlooms.
  • Vocabulary, creativity, imagination, curiosity. They all get bigger with books. 
  • They open your eyes, your world. your mind

And because I love him so, let’s end with a quote from John Green:story purposeWhat are some of your favorite things about books?


  1. kathy @ more coffee, less talky

    when I was a teen, I worked in a bookstore….hands down, that was THE BEST job ever. The staff was encouraged to read as many books as possible so we could give recommendations/options to customers if they asked. Imagine that – it was like my very own library!

  2. Linda Sheridan

    My mom gave me my love of reading. We would way rather read than exercise. Lol! I always prefer books to movies. My first long novel was Gone With The Wind. Books have taken me places I will never go!
    A happy week to all!
    Love, Steph’s Momma

  3. SMD

    I’m all over that John Greene quote!!

  4. Brittany Pines

    I love the quiet quote! I haven’t thought of it in that exact way, but it’s one of the biggest things I love about books.

  5. Nadine

    I love books!!! They certainly keep you entertained and let you be a part of a world you otherwise wouldn’t know. Or let you escape your own world when you need to. Yay books!!!

  6. Rebecca Jo

    I adore books… so love your list.
    To me, I love I’m never alone when I have one. It gives me confidence… I go in a place I’d never go alone if I have a book & have no 2nd thoughts of sitting there with it & reading.

  7. Amanda

    The smell!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀

  8. Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders

    This is such a great list, and totally 100% true that books are always awesome! I hope that you enjoy an exceptionally good book for National Read A Book Day!

  9. texerinsydney

    I love how books impact my senses in some ways more than others. Sometimes, I just love the smell of them. Other times it is the feel of the book in my hand. Of course, my sight is ignited with words and pretty covers. I don’t do audio books, but maybe I should try. And….I haven’t licked a book, but I remember kissing one when I closed it.
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  10. Jennifer

    I agree with all of these! my favorite thing is the way you can get away from reality for a little bit and “Travel” away to where ever your book takes you! It’s a very cheap way to go on vacation!
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  11. Tanya @ A Mindful Migration

    Books, glorious books! I’m with you on the read a book day is an every day philosophy. I love books for all the reasons you listed. Mostly, I love books because they make me feel – excited, sad, angry, ashamed, happy, powerful. They can inspire me, change how I look at like and take me on a grand adventure. I am such a nerd and get so excited when a new book in a favorite series or favorite author is released. I’m a kid in a candy store because books are my candy.
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  12. Mackenzie

    I love books because they really and truly are an escape. Sometimes life is just simply overwhelming and it is nice to just escape into a book and go somewhere else 🙂
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  13. kristen

    ahhhh i love all of this! all so true. i love that books are always there, and you are right.. they are so pretty!


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