Top Ten Tuesday: Reasons I Love Books and Reading

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Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!  This week’s topic is Reasons I Love Books and Reading.  Let’s get to the list!

The characters- Great characters are so important.  I love getting to know them and watching them grow.  Some of the characters in long running series begin to feel like old friends when I read them.  If I don’t like the main character, it is very hard to continue reading a book/series.

Getting lost in the story- Disappearing between the pages of a story is something I’ve always enjoyed.  When I’m reading an excellent story, I feel like I’ve slipped into another world for a while.  Books have a way of capturing my complete attention in a way that movies and tv never have.

Variety- The list of genres I won’t read is a lot smaller than what I enjoy.  As a mood reader, this is excellent.  Whether I’m in the mood for a classic, urban fantasy, romance, mystery, etc, I can nearly always find something to enjoy.

Sharing books with my children- I absolutely love reading books to and with my children.  I will always treasure the memories of laughing with them over picture books and cheering as they learned to read.  I am thoroughly enjoying sharing some of my old favorites with them.

Long running series- Maintaining a long running series takes talent.  I’ve been let down before, but some series continue to hold my interest book after book.  The Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs is a great example.

Maroon Flower on Top of Brown Book

Stand alone books- Many of the books I read are part of a series, but sometimes it is good to read a book that is complete all by its self.  There is something comforting in knowing that a standalone book can be enjoyed without the years of commitment a longer series requires.

Reading books with friends- Sharing the excitement of reading a book with a friend is almost as much fun as reading the book!

Bookstores- I love visiting bookstores.  Sometimes I go in looking for specific books, but more often then not, I like going to small independent bookstores and just browsing the shelves.  Each store is different, and I never know what gem I might find!

Physical books-I have an e-Reader and I will acknowledge how convenient  it is to store and carry so many books on one device.  However, physical books are still my favorite.  I love the way they smell, especially old books.

Book covers- I’ve never read a book simply because I liked the cover.  However, beautiful book covers can be works of art.

There is so much to love about books!  What are some of the things you love most about books and reading?


  1. Great list, I agree with all of these. I also love getting to know characters in a series and becoming friends with them.

    • Poinsettia says

      It is so wonderful getting to know characters! It is like visiting old friends when I pick up a book.

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting. 🙂

  2. Lots of great reasons here! I agree with you ?

  3. Love all of these! Getting lost in a good story is one of the best feelings 🙂

  4. This is such a great list! I love getting to know characters and seeing them grow and change over the course of a book, or even better, over a series!

    • Poinsettia says

      It is definitely one of my favorite things about reading!

      Thank you for visiting and commenting. 🙂

  5. Sharing book with your children is a beautiful reason to love reading!

    • Poinsettia says

      It is so much fun! Experience new books and old favorites with my children is wonderful.

      Thanks so much for visiting and commenting. 🙂

  6. This is a great list!! I love bookstores so much too!

  7. I love getting lost in a good story! And yes to physical books- I love sitting in a comfy chair with a good physical book, although e- readers are nice too for convenience, appts, etc. Best of both worlds. 🙂

    Bookstores- one of my favorite places!

    • Poinsettia says

      Yes, sitting in a comfy chair with a great book is one of my favorite things to do!

      Thanks so much for visiting and commenting. 🙂

  8. Great list! Sharing with your children is a fantastic reason. I can’t wait until I can share some childhood favourites with my nephew.

  9. Ahhh I forgot that one…sharing books with your kids, that is the best reason!

  10. Great list, Aymee. I love all your reasons. As I just said to someone else, no matter what we read, our reasons are all very similar. Books are just fantastic.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT earlier.

    • Poinsettia says

      You’re welcome!

      Yes, I think a lot of our reasons are similar, and I think that’s a great thing about reading.

      Thank you for visiting and commenting. 🙂

  11. Characters are so important to me! I often feel like I can’t fully enjoy a book if I don’t enjoy the characters.

  12. Those are some really beautiful reasons! Characters are so interesting in all their shades, but I think I love the idea of bookstores the best — so very, very true. 🙂

  13. I love bookstores so so much

  14. So many great reasons here. I love bookstores too, especially Indies. They’re always so unique.

  15. I’ll admit, I’ve likely bought a book because of the cover. ;D I’m also a big fan of a standalone! It can be very nice to close the page on a book and now we don’t have x-amount of months or years to wait for what is next. Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland last week.

    • Poinsettia says

      Nothing wrong with appreciating cover art! 🙂

      I completely agree about stand alones!

      Thanks so much for visiting and commenting. 🙂

  16. Nothing quite like getting lost in a book.

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