Tuesday 6 July 2021

Reasons Why I Love Reading... And Reading Romance!

My answer to this week's question - why I love reading - is twofold, so let me being with reading in general:

To escape! There is a book for everyone and every mood. No matter what is plaguing you, you can escape into a book. A book can help you cope with what's going on in your life. A book can make you forget and it can help you remember.  
Through a book, you can experience new and different things and maybe, just maybe, you'll be suitably inspired to try some of those things for real...
Through books, you can learn! About people, life, the world... Facts, vocabulary, you name it! Fiction, non-fiction, it doesn't matter! They all have things to teach you.
Books can challenge your perspective by putting you firmly in someone else's shoes. They foster empathy for other human beings, other creatures, by exposing you to realities and situations you may never have encountered in your own life. 
Reading engages your brain!  It educates. It makes you think, it makes you feel... Improving your imagination and keeps you mentally on your toes. It provides endless hours of pleasure, entertainment and comfort.
Reading makes you a better, more rounded, person. Especially if you read a wide variety of books from a wide variety of authors.
Everyone should read!

Now onto me personally...

I read all sorts of books from a host of genres in both the fiction and non-fiction realms but I class myself primarily as a romance reader. 
Romance novels are my jam. 
Yes, I read a lot of UF/F books but my favourites in those genres are the ones that have strong romantic entanglements throughout to keep me hooked. 
I love love!
My reasons for reading romance are because you get to experience - like the ultimate voyeur, people falling in love. You fall in love with them! You get to live a million meet-cutes. A million first dates. All the trials and tribulations of new relationships (and established relationships), all the giddy highs of meeting someone, falling for someone, without moving from your favourite reading spot or jeopardising your own, real-life, relationship! 
You have strong women (actually, all kinds of women) who get theirs... You know what I'm saying?!
You have smouldering alphas (and sexy betas) with abs galore! 
You don't like muscles? It's cool, there are romance novels to cover you too!
Same sex? No sex? All the sex? You're covered. 
Monogamy, polyamory... Abducted by tentacled space beasties? Don't you worry... You'll find it all in romance! Romance has every sub-genre imaginable! Seriously... you'll find whatever makes you tick and you'll find it with a happily ever after (minimum happy for now). It doesn't matter what hell the author puts you through... It will all be okay with romance! Can any other genre say the same? I don't think so.


So tell me... Why do you love reading?


  1. You made me giggle several times as I read this. It seems many of us share a lot of the same basic reasons for reading, and I loved how you focused in on why you read romance in that second part. Fab-u-lous!

  2. Love this!

    I love to read my non-fiction treasures because I like knowing more than other people, lol. And I can never get enough history.

  3. there are so many wonderful reasons to read. i don't know what i would do without a book in my hand
    sherry @ fundinmental

  4. Agree with all of this!

    I prefer romance (even though I've been in a romance slump recently) and specifically rom-coms because I like to escape and feel those first meet cute flutters and be guaranteed a HEA.

    I do read other genres but romance is my comfort genre. And yes, there's a romance for everyone.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

  5. I like reading because it's an escape for me. Books have gotten me through so many bad things in my life and I love that I can pick up a book and just forget my life for a little while.

    I like reading about worlds and people that I never would have thought of.

  6. Great post.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  7. There really are all types of romance books out there. I'm definitely a fan of romance!! It gets such a bad rep, and it shouldn't! As for your general reasons, I agree with all of those.


  8. Big yes to reading for escape in general. And I loved all your reasons why you love romance, specifically! I just love the feeling of being so invested in a couple's happiness.


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