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Seven of My Favorite Things About Being a Reader

Even when life gets stressful, I’m always grateful that I am a reader. Being a reader is a part of my identity, something that I do because it’s a hobby and because I don’t feel like myself when I haven’t been reading. That got me thinking about some of my favorite things about being a reader:

1. When a book you’ve been waiting for finally arrives for pickup at the library.

2. When someone asks you for a book recommendation.

3. When you finally find something great to read after being in a reading slump.

4. When you’re reading a book that’s so good you can’t wait to find out what happens next.

5. When the final book in a trilogy or long series comes out.

6. When the fate of a fictional character makes you messy cry.

7. When you stay up way too late finishing a great story and have a reading hangover the next day.

What are your favorite things about being a reader?

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  • bermudaonion (Kathy) May 26, 2015, 9:01 am

    All of the above!

  • Amanda May 26, 2015, 10:56 am

    I love this! Also when you find a new book loving friend to talk books/trade books/love books with!

  • Heather @ Capricious Reader May 26, 2015, 12:48 pm

    This. So much of this. It’s like you KNOW ME.

  • Kay May 26, 2015, 1:58 pm

    Exactly! You’ve been looking over my shoulder. No, I think my favorite thing about being a reader is that I can go away to another place and find whatever I need to there. It might be adventure or drama or solace or comfort. I can live many lives there, no matter what is going on in my own life at the moment. For me, the worst thing is when I can’t read or find it hard to read. I’m just not myself at all then.

    • Kim Ukura May 30, 2015, 5:37 pm

      That’s such an eloquent way of saying what I was thinking. Reading can be exactly what you need in a given moment because there are SO MANY BOOKS to choose from. It’s awesome.

  • Jenny @ Reading the End May 26, 2015, 7:54 pm

    I NEVER CRY AT BOOKS. (Except, sometimes I do, and yes, it is indeed the best. Especially if you’re happy-crying.) My very favorite thing about being a reader is probably just the infinite bounty. There are always more good books. I will never run out of my hobby. New books are always happening, and there are always people to talk about them.

    • Kim Ukura May 30, 2015, 5:38 pm

      I cry at a lot of books. I think the last one I messy cried at was Me Before You by Jojo Moyes… sobbed like a baby.

  • Andrea (aka rokinrev) May 27, 2015, 5:27 am

    I am one of those who can truely say that “reading saved my life”

  • Jennine G. May 27, 2015, 10:49 am

    When you get someone hooked on a series or specific book.

    When people you don’t really know (but they know someone who knows you) come asking book advice.

    When people use your blog business card as a bookmark (my students!)

    When you get AP Literature on your teaching schedule and are told by administration they want to use your strengths.

    • Jennine G. May 27, 2015, 10:50 am

      Oh and when your classroom library is used more than the school’s library!

      • Kim Ukura May 30, 2015, 5:39 pm

        Those are all amazing things! I’m hoping to donate some of my unread ARCs and review copies to a local teacher so he can beef up his classroom library.

        • Jennine G. June 1, 2015, 12:50 pm

          Awesome – totally good use of those ARCs!

  • Michelle May 27, 2015, 2:47 pm

    Great list! I’d add finding that special book that makes you want to shove a copy into everyone’s hands. Another great thing? When someone tells you that a book you recommended rocked their world.

    • Kim Ukura May 30, 2015, 5:39 pm

      Yes! I love hearing from someone that a book recommendation landed. It’s such a good feeling.

  • susan May 27, 2015, 7:23 pm

    All of the above. & getting Lost in a book. Like the kitty shot!

  • Laurie C May 27, 2015, 7:40 pm

    I need to learn how to find/use gifs like you do!

    Here’s one from me: When someone you’ve just met mentions loving a book that you loved too but thought hardly anyone else had read.

    • Kim Ukura May 30, 2015, 5:41 pm

      I’m a GIF amateur. I just go to this website, http://giphy.com/search/gify, and search for words that I think make sense. Then you can grab embed code and go from there. Easy peasy.

      • Laurie C May 31, 2015, 4:59 pm

        I found one for my next post after reading your post and I think that’s the site I was on!

  • Trisha May 28, 2015, 7:34 am

    What a great post! I love this so much.

  • Katie @ Doing Dewey May 31, 2015, 1:21 am

    So true! I used to get more excited about giving recommendations, but lately I’ve felt as though no one wants to take the time to explain what they like and I don’t like to give generic recommendations.

  • Julianne - Outlandish Lit May 31, 2015, 5:24 pm

    Oh my god, that panda is totally me barreling toward anyone who mentions they’re looking for a book to read, even if they’re a stranger. I have a problem. These are all perfect.