Summer is generally the time everyone commits to getting through their extensive “will read this one day” list of books. While you’re bustling and hustling around this summer, here are the top seven reasons you should always have a physical book on you.
It’s fine, you can also have a newspaper or magazine. But this post is specifically about books.
1. Phones die. I’m one of those people who saves articles to Pocket and I read them later on the subway. But sometimes you’ve been out all day and you want to read on the ride home – but your phone dies. You can’t count on your phone’s battery life, but you can count on the length of your book.
2. Phones loose signal. This isn’t as big a deal for people who read from Pocket or Kindle, but if you are reading news, for example, on apps that need internet, or planned to Snapchat your friends, you’re a little out of luck on your 45minute subway ride. (In case you haven’t guessed, I’m in New York City right now).
3. You have no idea how much time you spend waiting. This one is particular for those people who say “Geez, I wish I had more time to read,” (I’m one of those people). But between waiting for the bus, waiting for an appointment with your teacher or waiting for your friend to show up for lunch, there are plenty of idle times throughout your days to whip out a good book, even if it’s just for a few minutes. All those little minutes could add up to a finished book by the end of the week – ok, maybe the end of the month, but still, better than not reading the book at all.
4. You look more sophisticated. I was reluctant to put this reason because honestly you should read because you want to BE sophisticated and not just look it. But let’s be honest, it’s nice when we are perceived as being intellectual too. And even if you are reading a book or newspaper on your phone, everyone is still going to think you’re texting or playing video games ‘like all those people who are glued to their technology.’ Actually holding a book or newspaper tells the world, “hey, I’m reading meaningful content.” But hey, who cares what other people think anyways.
5. It’s a great conversation starter. My friends and I were fundraising outside once and someone walked by reading a book, we stopped him and said hi. I asked him about his book and afterwards he asked about our fundraising programs. Most people enjoy sharing their thoughts on the book they have in their hand. We constantly talk about how people are being less and less social, but books offer a common ground for meeting someone, and opening up about themselves while not making it seem like you’re being nosy. They get to talk about a book they’ve been enjoying and you get to learn about said book and engage someone in conversation. Everyone wins.
6. You get to read a book. Nothing beats being able to get lost in a good page turner. Whatever the genre, if you’re enjoying it, it’s a worthwhile read!
7. Give your eyes a rest. At work/school on the computer, at home watching tv, all day on your phone – your eyes are probably getting tired of staring at a screen all day, I know mine certainly do! I’m constantly lowering the luminosity of my phone because after a while it’s just too glaringly bright. And sometimes the sun makes it hard to see your screen. So just get a book.
Do you agree with this list? Are there are super great reasons for carrying around a book? Yes, there are some cons, but that’s not what this post is about and I think we can agree the pros outweigh the cons. Or not. Let me hear your thoughts.