The Endless Journey: Why Reading Books is a Personal Goal. In another life, I am a librarian. No, seriously, I have my Master’s of Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.
I honestly think it was my love of books that kept me going through all the courses. I got to read and discuss books with my classmates – how fun is that?! In 2013, I set a goal to read 100 books (I think I read about 50 during one semester) and I finished with 104 books. I haven’t made such a lofty reading goal since then, but this year I made a goal of 40.
For many of us, it’s not just a pastime but a personal goal—a commitment to explore new worlds, gain knowledge, and nurture our minds. Reading is an enriching and enjoyable goal to have. Whether you want to expand your knowledge, explore new worlds, or simply relax with a good book, reading can provide numerous benefits.
I love that scene from The Mummy when Evelyn, wasted, proclaims that she is a librarian!
I love to learn new things. It’s a natural curiosity that drives me to understand how things work and how people interact. Reading nonfiction books help me achieve my goal of learning.
7 Reasons Why Reading Books is a Personal Goal
I’m one of those people who always say “the book was better than the movie.” And it is true a lot of times! There is so much more detail that can be written on the page of a book than they could ever put into a movie.
Reading provides mental stimulation because your brain is active and engaged. It’s pretty much exercise for your brain! And just think about how engulfed you become with a story. Your stress just slips away while with every turn of the page.
Personal Growth and Self-Reflection
Books have the capacity to touch us on a deeply personal level, provoking introspection and self-reflection. They offer insights into the human experience, helping us confront our own beliefs, values, and aspirations. Through the journeys of fictional characters or the wisdom of authors, books can guide us on a path of personal growth and self-discovery.
Strengthening Empathy and Emotional Intelligence
Through the pages of a book, we step into the shoes of diverse characters, experiencing their triumphs, struggles, and emotions. This immersive experience nurtures empathy, helping us develop a deeper understanding of the human condition. Books enable us to connect with others, fostering compassion, and enhancing our emotional intelligence.
Books have the remarkable power to transport us to places we’ve never been, introducing us to diverse cultures, historical events, and perspectives. They broaden our horizons, providing a window into different lives, times, and worlds. By reading books, we embark on a journey of discovery, embracing new ideas and expanding our understanding of the world.
Imagination is the gateway to creativity, and reading books is the fuel that ignites it. As we immerse ourselves in stories, our minds come alive, painting vivid pictures of characters, settings, and emotions. Books spark our imagination, inspiring us to dream, question, and explore possibilities beyond the confines of our everyday lives.
Language Skills and Cognitive Development
Reading books is a powerful tool for enhancing language skills and cognitive development. It improves vocabulary, language fluency, and comprehension. Additionally, the act of reading stimulates cognitive functions such as memory, focus, and critical thinking. As we navigate complex plots and absorb information, our brains are constantly challenged and exercised.
Is Reading Books a Goal For You?
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Reading books is more than just a hobby; it is a personal goal that enriches our lives in countless ways. It opens doors to knowledge, sparks imagination, and nourishes our souls.
By embracing reading as a goal, we embark on a lifelong journey of self-improvement, enlightenment, and personal growth. So, let’s continue to turn those pages, explore new realms, and relish in the profound impact that books have on our lives.
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Photo: Me visiting Libreria Acqua Alta book store in Venice Italy