Monday, July 21, 2014

32 Reasons to Read a Good Book

From John Kremer's blog, Tips on Marketing Books and E-books, here are 32 great reasons to read more books. Please share.
  • To escape your normal life.
  • To travel to real destinations.
  • To explore new worlds.
  • To imagine more than you could on your own.
  • To understand something new.
  • To understand something old.
  • To connect with the author.
  • To connect with other readers.
  • To dream a new life.
  • To compare dreams, realities, and in-between.
  • To laugh and enjoy.
  • To deepen your understanding and insight.
  • To know more than you could learn on your own.
  • To learn what you don’t know.
  • To learn what you do know.
  • To discover something extraordinary.
  • To meet incredible characters.
  • To build a larger vocabulary.
  • To cry after a great read.
  • To be entertained by a great story.
  • To relax with a great storyteller.
  • To stimulate thought.
  • To grow your spirit.
  • To find motivation to do more.
  • To go on a great adventure.
  • To learn how others live or have lived.
  • To expand your horizons.
  • To explore inner dimensions.
  • To educate yourself.
  • To inspire your own writing.
  • To learn how to change the world.
  • To discuss in a reading group.
  • To share a good book with your friends.
What are your reasons for reading?

A native Montanan, Heidi M. Thomas now lives in North-central Arizona where she blogs, teaches writing, and edits. Her first novel, Cowgirl Dreamsis based on her grandmother, and the sequel, Follow the Dream, won the national WILLA Award. The next book in the series, Dare to Dream, has just been released, and her non-fiction book Cowgirl Up: History of Women's Rodeo will be out in September. Heidi has a degree in journalism and a certificate in fiction writing.


  1. Those are all great reasons for reading. One of mine that is not on that list is that I read to savor the use of language as it paints pictures.

  2. All the above. Books have been the most patient, comforting, and solid companions through some of the darkest times.

  3. Wow, all of those. I can never understand how a person doesn't enjoy reading.

  4. Interesting. Most of those are the same reasons I write.

  5. Totally agree. And it never ceases to amaze me when I meet someone who says, "I don't read."

  6. I like all 32, I really don't need a reason - I just read.

  7. I used to read to enjoy the story. Now it's more of a critical experience. How does the writer draw me in? Do I connect with any of the characters? Does the story flow seamlessly from scene to scene? Is the dialogue realistic? Are the characters three dimensional? Does the author allow me some latitude of imagination, or am I locked into seeing and experiencing only what she/he writes on the page? Can I envision the scenes in my head? Is the end satisfying, or do I feel shortchanged? Oh my goodness, I sound like an editor. Someday, I really hope to enjoy reading again.


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