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Why I Love to Read

beautiful girl with book on the grass

Some of us read for pleasure; some, say writers for example, read for research, while improving their craft. I read for both reasons. I can’t say which reason I favor more. There’s something special about laying out a blanket on a warm sunny day, kicking off your shoes and letting yourself get whisked away in a world of action, drama or romance as you feel a comforting breeze. But since it’s winter, you can read as you curl up by the fire with a cup of hot cocoa.

I love to read no matter what season it is. I’m currently reading a NA drama (mostly to research the genre I write), which has me engaged. But with all the hustle of the holidays, I don’t think I’ll finish until sometime in January. So here is why I read:

  1. Research – writers should always be reading because it is the best way to improve writing skills. I have to say I’ve gotten much needed insight in every book I’ve read, even the ones that were I was less impressed with.
  2. Keeps my mind sharp – I always learn new words, which can be useful for my own writing, or in my everyday dialogue with everyone I interact with. The mind needs exercise, too!
  3. Getaway from the everyday – yeah, it’s not a week at an all-inclusive resort in Jamaica, but reading takes me to another world. One where I can read about someone else’s adventures. Reading even for fifteen minutes calms me down, or in my case prepares me for the day ahead. I usually read before going to work or school.
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What I Love About Christmas

 

It’s been quite awhile since I last posted anything on my blog, so I thought I’d blog about something that coincides with the holiday season. I love Christmas; it has to be my favorite time of the year. It’s a time when people slow down, and are actually nice to each other. It’s a time to appreciate what you really have, as well as the special people in your lives. Some of us can’t do this until Christmas Eve. And why not, we’ve got presents to shop for, parties to host or attend, cram for exams, or just get things straightened out at work before the year’s end.

For me, I do my Christmas shopping in the summer because I know I won’t want to be anywhere near a mall come December. This way, I have all my presents bought and wrapped up ahead of time. It also means I can don my Santa hat on, watch Christmas Vacation (my all time fav!) and just have a holly, jolly Christmas with the family. I think my favorite part about Christmas is Christmas Eve. Sitting on the couch by the fire, a tree dazzling in yellow, blue, green and red at my parents’ condo. My mother always puts up a clay ornament I made when I was in the 1st grade. To this day, I don’t know how I made it, but it reminds me of the sentimental value it holds for her. Christmas Eve for me is the most blissful part of the season. When the malls finally close, traffic is virtually invisible, the streets are deserted. That moment when “not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse” arrives.

And yes, there’s the white stuff. The powdery white snow blanketing my neighborhood, at least my parents’ neighborhood. I think Christmas Day is the one day in which everyone is happy to see the roads covered in the white stuff. I’m going to admit I’ve only experienced three white Christmases in my life – and I’m from Toronto! The way things are going weather-wise in my hometown, it doesn’t look like it will be a white Christmas this year.

Despite the unusual warm weather, despite any unexpected surprises that may pop up (and they usually do), I look forward to time with family; the time off work/school; the peace and quite that Christmas evokes.

I hope that Christmas has similar meaning to you as well. However you celebrate Christmas, and what you look forward to about, may be it be joyous, relaxing, and bring you a sense of gratitude!

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Seven Reasons Why Reading Books Is Good

Think reading books is a waste of time? Think again! Reading books whether it’s online or print can be useful in so many ways. I’m not talking about reading that “How To..” guide or a cookbook, but I’m talking about reading stories. Those books are out there on the shelves for a reason: to be read. Without readers, the characters and stories around them will have no meaning to exist.

So why should you curl up with a good book? Here’s why:

1. Books whisk you away to a new world, which can help you escape from your daily grind.

2. Exercise for your mind – as you get older, it becomes more and more crucial that you exercise your brain. This can reduce your chances of developing Alzheimer’s (a friend once told me this).

3. You can learn something new. Expand your vocabulary, learn about a new place or animal.

4. A way to relax, especially if you’ve been having a rough morning/day at the office. Books are great way to calm your nerves.

5. Brings out your emotions. Sometimes we just need to laugh, cry or be in suspense.

6. Something to talk about on a first date. While not everyone appreciates books, they are a great way to break the ice. Books also demonstrate your intelligence. (Everyone loves a man/woman with brains!)

7. A way to pass the time – waiting at the doctor’s office, a long flight, train ride, daily commute. Need I say more?

 

If you’re a writer, reading books is expected of you. Whatever genre or type of writing you’re doing, you need to research books in your genre, so that you can see the styles of similar authors. So go onto Amazon, or to your local bookstore and start reading!

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