#GuestPost | 5 Benefits Of Reading - By Shalini

Hello guys! Today, I have someone very special here to talk about something that is very special to me. Shalini has been a dear friend ever since we connected offline and has been the perfect friend to talk about books, writing and everything else in random. I rarely do or accept guest posts, but when she asked me for one, I had to oblige. She graciously returned the favor as well. So, do give her the same love you give me. Or more.


Hola folks. 

I am Shalini from Shalzmojo Blog and am delighted to be here on Soumya’s blog to talk about my top 5 reasons to read books. I guess I was blessed to develop a reading habit quite early in life, thanks to my mother. She encouraged it in me and got me books as and when she could.

I initially took to reading as it let me be in a world of my own. I wasn’t a very social child and liked my own company over others. As a result this was a perfect hobby for me because the rest of my cousins, etc dreaded reading. Over a period of time, I developed quite a reading pace and started reading anything and everything. Till about 25 years of age, I was devouring everything and then gradually I started developing a like and dislike for particular genres and authors.

Besides a great hobby, I found additional benefits of reading to my daily life which I will share here:

1. Mental workout

Reading takes care of exercising one’s brain power. It boosts concentration and retention qualities of the brain. I found my focus on the written word increased and I could read anywhere, regardless of any distractions. Gradually the reading speed also builds up which helps to read longer articles easily.

2. Vocabulary & Language fluency

I discovered new words to experiment with and was constantly asking the meanings, till my exasperated parents led me to a dictionary. I loved to roll the new words on my tongue and reveled in using them in my school work. I started earning some glowing praise from my teachers for the same. Reading is a great way to increase one’s vocabulary and increase language fluency at the same time.

3. Broadens imagination

All those fantastic scenarios built up a world in my mind and I would be the heroine of every adventure, surpassing every obstacle with sheer ingenuity. It led to me being very imaginative about things and visualizing events in a new light. Over the years, reading has also given me a broader outlook of the world and I have learnt to be not judgmental about issues.

4. Writing & Communication skills

With increased vocabulary, one learns to be able to express more creatively. This leads to improved writing skills. I know for a fact that every author (worth their craft) has been or is a voracious reader in their life. Reading increases expressions, which allows one to communicate their thoughts more effectively. Slowly one creates a personal writing style which enables others to recognize it as yours. It establishes an identity for the writer.

5. Portable entertainment

Of course the best part is that it’s a great hobby to develop as it never lets one be bored or lonely. Even today, I don’t step out of the house without a book in my bag as you never know where I will get reading time in the day. My commutes, waiting at appointments, etc have all been made easier via this hobby.

So there you have it folks! Now you know why I love reading so much. How about you? Won’t you share your thoughts with me on this please?

Leaving you with one of my favorite posts about why I feel blessed to have a blog.

About Shalzmojo

An interior designer by profession, writing is a passion which coupled with travel love blossomed into this blog where I love to just “do my thing”! Be it recipes, food events, travel jaunts, fiction dreaming or even meditative musings; all of it’s taken up quite passionately on my blog. I am a serious wine guzzler and love to chase butterflies in my free time.

This post is part of the December bloghop #mymojo with Shalzmojo.


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14 comments:

  1. Arent all these points so very true???? And I am so glad I have made reading a part and parcel of my life now. :))

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    1. Yessss!! Thats the best part Ramya- making it a part of your life!!

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  2. Thanks so much for this awesome posting Soumya- I am so touched and warmed up by your words - XOXO my girl!!!

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  3. I agree with all those points! I think the other thing is you can never feel lonely when you are reading - it validates experiences and emotions.

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    1. Oh yes! When you have books, you don't need anyone or anything else at times.

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  4. All the points are pretty apt and form a large part why I am always after son to keep put at reading. It is very easy nowadays for kids, even those who have been erstwhile readers or had good interest in books, to get lured away from reading and books. As for me, I read for the 5th reason - my personal entertainment because I hardly get entertained by other stuff.

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    1. Books are always the best entertainment, Anamika. Nothing like the world they show us.

      I hope your son takes up after you in this regard :)

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  5. I agree with all those points. Books for me are escape & entertainment - all rolled into one!

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  6. I agree with all the five points you mentioned, Shalini. Books keep you entertained and imparts with wisdom. And of course, when your imagination soars, you derive inspiration to write. Loved this post. Thank you, Soumya and Shalini! :)

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    1. Oh yes! You need to be a reader to be a writer, there is no other way :)

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  7. Thanks for this wonderful sum up of the advantages of reading . I actually read it out loudly to my son who I’m trying hard to encourage to read .

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    1. It is good that you are encouraging your son to read so early in life. Kudos :)

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