July Book Blogger Buzz Tour! + #Kindle Fire Giveaway!

July 2, 2014 Blog Tour 23

Hi, I’m Inga from Me and Reading book blog and I am happy to visit Contagious Reads. Welcome toΒ The Book Blogger Buzz Tour! My stop here today is one of the many you will see during the tour! I think it’s a great opportunity to meet other bloggers! The Book Blogger Buzz Tour is organized by Rachel from Parajunkee.com and there are many wonderful blogs participating who each will share their thoughts on quite interesting topics! Follow the tour and I promise, if you are fan of reading and blogging, you won’t be disappointed!

Why are you a reader?

My first reaction to the question “Why do you read?” (and I do get this question a lot!) is thinking that it’s quite obvious, isn’t it? How can any person knowing me even consider asking this? How come they don’t know why I read?

Then, few short seconds later, I understand that this question contains a sincere interest in my passion and let’s be honest here, not every person on Earth reads as much as I do, not even close! So, it’s a very valid question. So, here it is, ladies and gentlemen!

Reading is educating!

Reading has educated me, its has broaden my mind and knowledge about many different things in the world. When you think about it, books contain a lot of knowledge. Be it from the early years during the school, where I had to read lots of books, both non-fiction and fiction books to the day today, it has brought the world to me. It has literally brought the world into my living room, bedroom, or to whatever place I have used for reading.

I remember when in school, I was so tired of reading the long lists of mandatory books, and I don’t mean the fiction here, but the school books, mainly non-fiction. When I am looking to my bookshelves at the moment, there are still books of economics, marketing, math and statistics, management, dictionaries etc, then today I am happy that I have gone through all of them. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without them! They have helped me to reach my goals!

I have to admit, that even now, many years after finishing university, I use some of the books from the times of my studies. I occasionally open them to freshen up my practical knowledge with the theory or simply for the reference. I am always happy when somebody asks me if I have this or that book, so they could borrow it for their studies.

I have always liked reading travel books, especially when preparing myself visiting places that I haven’t seen yet. It has given me historical, cultural, religious background of different countries and their people. It satisfies my curiosity about what I’m about to meet.

I’m not a native English speaker and reading has improved my language knowledge. I’m capable of reading in 5 different languages and it has supported my vocabulary in these languages. I’ve learned words and expressions through reading.

Reading is entertaining!

I read because it’s fun! It’s entertaining! Reading can make you laugh, it can make you cry, it can make you feel lost and then find yourself again. Reading creates emotions and thoughts and this is the part of reading which I enjoy most. Reading makes you think of your own life, relating it to the books you read.

A good mystery book or horror book can make your hair raise. A good autobiography can impress you or make you think about the possibilities what your own life throws you. A good historical book can teach you a lot about past worlds, cultures, even people. A good romance can make you feel love, anger, pain, fun, excitement – you can experience multiple emotions because you can relate to it. Yes, you know, it might be fiction, but a well-written book takes you through all humanly possible emotions.

Reading is escapism!

After a long and stressful working day there is nothing better than take a good book, dive into it and forget everything what surrounds you. It’s an excellent way of getting rid of stress and to have a short (or long) escape from daily routines. Reading gives you a way out, if needed. It takes you mind off from the reality. I’m not saying, that you shouldn’t be taking care of your life or whatever daily chores and obligations you have, but what I’m saying, it gives you a way to escape to the worlds unknown, to characters you will fall in love with, to time travelling – you name it, and it’s there. Reading gives you an option to live multiple lives through the stories. I love the saying that I read not because I don’t have a life, but because I choose to have several!

Reading also increases your imagination! It teaches you to think out of the box, because in the books everything is possible!

Reading is fun!

Reading has brought me to other readers. It’s a lot of fun meeting and talking to people who share your passion, who know the books you have read, want to discuss and talk about either characters, experiences, thoughts what they have received while reading!

Reading has brought me to the world of authors! You know, these wonderfully talented people who share their experiences, fantasies, images and worlds with us? Authors, who force us to understand and appreciate the language and the written word? Authors, who give us adorable characters whom we can literally crush on, hate, fall in love with, laugh at? Yes, these people! I have met many authors because of reading and they all have given me more than they ever will realize – pieces of their hearts and minds and their friendship and I personally value it a lot!

Reading has brought me to blogging. And blogging is the reason why I am here today, telling you why do I read.

Last, but not least, I read because I want to! The above reasons and tons of more reasons which I won’t have time to mention, they make reading fun!

What about you? Why do you read?

Thank you so much for Contagious Reads for having me today!

Happy reading!
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  • Great post, Inga. These are all wonderful reasons to be a reader. I think being an English Lit major killed my love of reading for a while, but I’m back now and I love discovering new authors and stories.

    • Inga Kupp-Silberg

      Thank you, Terri! During my universtiy years I didn’t read any fiction, because i was so tired of reading. I took me some years after that and then I started again. πŸ™‚

  • Inga Kupp-Silberg

    Thank you, Contagious Reads for having me! It’s good to make new blogger friends! πŸ™‚

    • Lori Parker

      Thank you for coming on! I’m the same way I still have a lot of my old textbooks from college, and will sometime re-read parts just to brush up.

      • Inga Kupp-Silberg

        I enjoyed it a lot. I think there are so many small reasons for reading, and very important ones, so it’s difficut to put them all together and create a single reason. My single reason for reading would probably be – It’s fun!

  • Midnyte Reader

    Wonderful post. I wouldn’t understand why some would ask me that question either…I mean there are so many reasons. But you’ve summed them up quite nicely.

    • Inga Kupp-Silberg

      Thank you! It is difficult to put it into a small post. Thank you!

  • Stephanie Fredrick

    Completely agree with your answers. To me the real question should be why wouldn’t people love to read. I have been a lover of books from a very young age and luckily have passed that love onto my kids.

    • Inga Kupp-Silberg

      I got the love for books from home, from my parents.I hope, that my son will love reading as much as I do. He is 7 at the moment and he does read. He still loves me reading to him more, thoguh! πŸ™‚

  • Thomas Murphy

    I like to read because it is relaxing.

    • Inga Kupp-Silberg

      It is!!! πŸ™‚

  • AmandaSakovitz

    I read because sometimes books are much more interesting than reality

    • Inga Kupp-Silberg

      I agree! Especially when books takes you to the worlds unknown πŸ˜‰

  • I read to get a little “me” time, so I can calm my mind and forget about any obstacles in my life, even if it only last 15 minutes or over two hours.

    • Inga Kupp-Silberg

      Well said! I forgot about that! For me it’s also important, the “me” time and reading gives that.

  • Elle

    I read because it’s fun to get lost in a book and become invested in the characters and storyline especially if it’s a series because you can follow the characters and watch them grow.

  • Thomas Murphy

    I read because its fun!

  • Thomas Murphy

    I love to read! Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Kalliope Damala

    I read because I love it and it’s so enjoyable! πŸ™‚
    Thank you for this awesome giveaway! ^_^

  • Lori Hopkins

    I am a reader because I was raised by a reader, I think. I have always read. I cannot remember a time in my life where I did not read books. When my mom was home, and she could get by herself, she read. Same as me. Great giveaway!

  • I’ve been a reader for as long as I can remember, other worlds have always been better than my own

  • maureen

    I have been reading forever

  • Tammy Shelton

    I can’t imagine a world without books.