Hi! Jana hosts Top Ten Tuesday @thatartsyreadergirl. This meme was born put a love of lists, and bringing the book blogging community together. Each Week, Jana will post a prompt and we bloggers will make a list based on that prompt. We also have the option to go rogue and do our own thing. This week, our topic is reasons I love reading. I went with eight instead of my usual ten.
1- The escape
I know that this might be others reason for reading, but real life is a lot. I love reading because it offers me the opportunity to escape and be taken away from my real-life troubles for a while.
2-Finding new characters to love
I love finding a new book filled with new characters that I can call my friends. I know that sounds cheesy, but I’ve always been one that loved to meet all the characters in my favorite books. My favorite characters to meet are the ones that are bookish or ones that have a passion for theatre or music. Once I find a character, I love finding out more about them and their world.
3- Exploring new locations
I have traveled little but when I’m reading I feel like I’m traveling the world. I feel like I see new areas and I love seeing unknown places I don’t know about through books. I’m not a big fantasy reader, but I do love exploring the world that an author creates and how much time they spend on world-building. I’m not a fantasy writer because I could never put the amount of world-building they do into their stories.
4- Discovering new authors
I love discovering some new to me authors. Whether they recommend from friends, book bloggers, family, or book review sites I love finding new authors I enjoy based on others. Just this year alone, I’ve read upwards of five new authors and will follow their work from now on.
5- To learn something about other cultures and events
I mostly read fiction, but I love learning about other cultures through reading. I tend to gravitate to Hispanic stories. I’m not sure why but I really love the culture, and I love learning new things I didn’t already know through reading fiction. A recent read that did this very well was Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas.
6- Finding new stories
Like characters, the plot plays a big part in why I love reading. Whether the story is in my genre, I love seeing how I enjoy a new story. Every year I love finding a list of new stories to try to put based on new releases that come out, and backlist books I want to read that year.
7- The bookish community
I love reading because I love talking about the books I’ve read with the community. Also, I love the community because it’s a great place to go when I need book recommendations. I count book bloggers, bookstagram, book twitter, book Tumblr, and Facebook groups all within this.
8- Writing reviews
I know that some people might not enjoy doing reviews but I really enjoy them. I love analyzing a book and forming an opinion based on what I’ve read. I’ve also spent years perfecting my review format, and I think my current one works best for me.