Hello! 5 Reasons To Love Reading & Writing

I want to start off by welcoming you to my blog – Andrea’s Book Corner! I came up with this name because every time I think of reading or writing, I think of doing it in a cute little cozy corner where all the books are, fuzzy socks on, fairy lights plugged in, and a hot cup of coffee or tea in hand. I want this blog to be a part of your own little book corner and bring a little bit of joy into the cozy world of books and writing we all love.

If you’ve seen my “About” page, then you already know a little bit about me but allow me to introduce myself a little bit more. I’ve been reading books and writing little stories all throughout my life. Growing up, I had a huge collection of books and called it my library (I even made my own pretend book-borrowing/cataloguing system haha). However life got really busy for a number of years and I basically stopped reading and writing completely.

Fast forward to now. I am a Canadian high school Geography, Civics, and English as a Second Language teacher as well as a Teacher Librarian! Despite my reading and writing hiatus, I was still constantly thinking creatively and very much enjoyed the idea of books and writing. One day, a story idea popped into my head; an analogy for something I was struggling to understand. 

Eventually, I decided to turn that idea into a full blown fiction novel and have been working on it ever since October 2020! I’m calling it Project Reaching Arenegedden for now (more on this another day!). Along the way, I began reading books again and it reminded me of how much I loved the reading world. Reading and writing book reviews is now a big part of my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Whenever I read physical books, I love taking notes and annotating them with sticky notes!

If I could go back in time to those busy years, I would tell myself to keep reading and writing no matter what! If that’s where you are right now, here are 5 reasons to love reading and writing. Don’t ever stop!

  1. It transports you away from this world
    Reading lets you exist in multiple realities. The best books are the ones that whisk you away to a different place. Whether it be a far off island, a mystical forest, an old-school castle, or a vibrant city. You can explore different worlds right from the comfort of your couch. I love the feeling where I’m still thinking of certain fiction worlds even after the book is done. (That’s usually when I start looking online for fan art. Anyone else?)
  1. You get to decide the amount you do
    Some people get overwhelmed with reading and writing because they think they need to carve out large chunks of time to do it. In reality, you just have to fit it in your busy schedule. I’m reading so much more these days but I’m just as busy as usual. Chapter breaks exist for a reason and if you only read one chapter a day, that’s fine! Even half a chapter works. What matters is that you’re moving through the book. Same with writing! If I only wrote when I had time, I would never be able to write. Try to sit down and write a small scene here and there. Eventually, you’ll have written an entire chapter.
  1. It’s a great creative outlet
    If you’re a creative person like me, I can’t go too long without doing something creative. It literally feels like I need to find a way to release the juices. Sometimes I like to draw but I find that reading and writing help me do this best! Reading helps get my creative juices flowing, my gears turning and usually makes me want to write. And then writing. There’s something really therapeutic about writing – you’re manifesting yourself in some way into an original story and it’s so satisfying to be able to work on something that you have created all on your own. 
  1. It gives you something to look forward to
    Whether it’s my current WIP or my current read(s), I look forward to certain times of the day so I can work on them. Usually lunchtime is when I’ll do some reading and after work I try to get some words down in my WIP. Your reading and writing times don’t need to be scheduled or regular – mine aren’t always. They can be sporadic during the day or structured to the tee. Sometimes I find myself reading while brushing my teeth, but I’ve also started looking forward to the evening as I always try to do a little bit of reading before I sleep.
  1. It’s an effective way to wind down
    It’s comforting to know that there’s a book waiting for me to read at the end of a long day, a different world to enter, a way to temporarily escape the confines of your home (this is huge especially during the pandemic!). As a high school teacher, sometimes I have to plan lessons and mark student work right up until it’s time for me to sleep. It can be hard to sleep right after doing vigorous brain work so reading is a good way to help your brain calm down and relax so you can eventually fall asleep.

Which one of these reasons resonate with you the most? Comment your ideas below and I’d love to connect with each of you.

Thanks for reading!

Published by Andrea's Book Corner

Lover of books, book reviewer, book blogger & YA fantasy author in progress! WIP: Project Arenegedden

8 thoughts on “Hello! 5 Reasons To Love Reading & Writing

  1. So agree with going into other worlds when reading! That’s probably my favorite part of both writing and reading. I love being able to explore those far off and mysterious lands and find out about them! Loved your blog post and look forward to seeing more!!

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  2. Hi! Great list! One of the things I love the most about reading is that it allows me to literally escape the world and see something else from an entirely new perspective. It’s like watching a movie but better because you can carry it around with you, absorb the written word, andconsume it however you want

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