Reading a book, whether it is for academic or entertainment based pursuits, there is always a good reason to pick one up and start reading. In the world today, many believe that reading has taken a backseat to movies, television, and music because they are so much more readily accessible, requiring less commitment to enjoy. Though this may be true in a sense, these things pale in comparison to the raw depth and substantiality that a book can provide. That is why the book industry does not just continue to survive, but to thrive, even growing in the wake of all of this new technology and instant gratification. That is because books offer an avenue of escape that is unique to those of movies and television. While movies and TV can only offer a brief glimpse into a world, reading offers an immersing experience that often leaves the reader lost in the world of the writer, dissolving their own reality to become a part of another world. These books are necessary because they show us just how small we are on the grand scale, and offer an escape that is sometimes needed to relieve the stress of the real world. Not only that, many of the lessons taught in books are applicable to the world around us.
Reading, whether it is a history book or a light fantasy, all of it is valuable in one way or another to the reader. Whether it is just to keep their mind in shape and processing properly, or it provides a new perspective or new information that allows you to overcome a real life issue with ease, there are a nearly infinite amount of benefits to reading, as a book can contain any kind of information.
Jody Gabel is a lawyer who reads in her free time to keep her mind sharp as well as to relieve stresses of the day.