Reading is fun – The Observer


Reading is the most underrated pleasure in life. You can gain so much from reading books in your free time. You can travel, fight, cry and learn to love all from the comfort of your bedroom.

Pro: You may be making better use of your time.

Reading can transport you to a new world. When you’re having a bad day, picking up a book is so much healthier than pulling your hair out in a dark corner of your bedroom.

Disadvantage: you risk wasting a lot of time.

Once I start reading, sometimes I can’t stop. I will sit here for hours engaged in fights and romances.

Benefit: You may become much smarter.

Reading as a child has been proven to increase the activation of certain regions of the brain, according to comfortable life. Plus, reading at least 20 minutes a day exposes you to 2 million words versus 282,000 words reading just five minutes a day.

Disadvantage: you probably won’t go to bed early.

I lose so much sleep because I read right before bed. I’m way too intrigued to close the book when I finish a cliffhanger chapter. The temptation of “just one more chapter” is too strong.

Advantage: You can earn nice items for your house.

Books come in all shapes and sizes. Some are super decorative and make you look stylish while being great decorations for your home.

Disadvantage: you risk losing a lot of money.

I don’t buy books often, maybe once or twice a month, but when I do I drop at least $100, easy. My bank account will look great, then three of my favorite authors are signing books for Barnes and Noble or publishing new books, and suddenly I’m broke again.

For: Maybe you have something to say.

I can always break the silence of awkward interactions by talking about a book I recently read or am reading.

Disadvantage: You can bore people when you talk about books.

The person you had in class two terms ago probably doesn’t care about the book you just started the night before, but the urge to talk about an exciting new read is too strong to control.

Reading is a wonderful thing as long as the pros and cons are weighed.


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