Readers, we face a dilemma: not everyone understands our love for books. You know it’s true. There are those skeptics who will look askance at the piles of books on our coffee tables and say things like, “Didn’t you just finish a novel by that author?” or “Don’t you think you have enough books already?”
In case you have experienced this, you might be wondering if you really need to start another book. Well, I’m here to help. Here’s a handy list to help you evaluate that very question.
You know it’s time for you to read another book if…
One: The last book you read ended too soon. Or if it ended sadly or—hopefully not too often—throw-it-across-the-room badly. Or if it ended on a cliffhanger and the sequel isn’t coming out for a year. Or if it ended at all.
Two: There is housework to be done. As anyone knows, we need motivation to get us to do the mundane, tiresome tasks of life. Write the various chores on your To-Do list, and then reward yourself for this exhausting show of responsibility by reading a few chapters. (The author of this blog post is not responsible for any extended reading that effectively puts off said housework to an undetermined future date.)
Three: You haven’t learned anything new today. Everyone should learn at least one new thing each day, and when you read fiction, you might learn something about the past, or about unusual careers, or just a little bit more about the people around us and how to love them. It’s not just entertainment. It’s educational.
Four: Your friends have been pestering you to read a particular book. And no, Mom, this is not one of those “If everyone else jumped off a cliff, would you do it too?” types of situations. It’s about being able to share a favorite author and talk excitedly about a new book and all of its plot twists and character revelations without fear of spoiling anything for the other person. It’s about community.
Five: You love an author. Or if you love escaping into a fictional world. Or if you love stories about love. Or if you love basically anything that makes us human. (And you don’t want to hate that, do you? No. I didn’t think so.)
Six: You want to protest our technology-obsessed culture. Studies show that we are becoming more easily distracted and less connected to others. In my opinion, taking time to sit down and read a book is the opposite of both of these things. Even if you read ebooks, you’re still locking yourself into an activity that requires an old-fashioned attention span and love of people (fictional people, but still, reading fiction helps develop empathy for others). Reading is not just a hobby…it’s a social protest! Go out there and make the world a better place!
Seven: There are still books you haven’t read. The reasoning behind this should be self-evident. Why else would books continue to be written if you weren’t supposed to read them?
I hope this guide has been helpful to you. I find it to be a handy reference whenever I need to justify—I mean, give extremely logical and compelling reasons why my TBR pile is sometimes a higher priority than my To-Do list.
Unless you just want to make your To-Do list and your TBR pile the same list. I won’t judge. I promise.
What are your best reasons for why you need to read another book? Any I missed?