4 things that I have learned from books

I was away on a business trip these last few days and missed a few posts for the A to Z Challenge that I am taking part in so I have decided to catch up in today’s post and use the letters I have missed to list out the 4 main things I have learned from books.


1. Kindness.  

Reading creates empathy, sympathy and feelings.  When acts of kindness happen in stories our brains can’t differentiate between what is real and what isn’t – so reading about kindness creates an awareness of kindness – of feelings that are good.   We need more stories that stir up our good feelings.

2. Books are living things.  

Books are alive.  I’ve written a post about this in the past.  You can’t deny an energy of a book – that energy makes it a living, pulsing, breathing thing.

3. Magic is real.  

This is connected to number 2.  Books open up the imagination, create feelings, spark ideas, revolutions, change – books are magic in solid form.  Reading is one of the few bits of magic we learn as children that stay with us as adults (along with dancing and singing).

4. Needed.  

This might be the weakest connection to the letter N (and the A to Z Challenge) but the strongest point I have to make.  Stories, books, reading – they are needed.  To learn how to read is to be empowered as I’ve said previously.  We need knowledge, to learn but more than anything, we need imagination.  We are creators ourselves and reading helps to unleash the creator within.




This post brought to you by the letters K, L, M and N and the A to Z Challenge.


About Geeky Book Snob

Learning stuff since birth. Happy introvert who likes socializing when she's not busy being an introvert who likes to read.

Posted on April 16, 2014, in For the Love of Books, General Musings & Thoughts and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. I couldn’t agree more.

  2. I agree with everything you say here. I recently read that the whole point of human existence is to get to the point where it’s you and God, face to face, looking at each other with love and appreciation. Stories, books, poems, provided they’re not evil, help people get to that place.

    • Even evil has its place in our journey – the balance of light and dark is the oldest story there is.

      • Of course but we’re called to abide in the light, with no part of us in darkness. That’s what the cross is for; to heal and protect us from sin. If you give the devil an inch, he’ll take a mile, and you’ll wake up somewhere you really do not want to be. Trust me on this, better yet trust God.

  3. Stories in general change your life, but books are even more special, aren’t they? And I can’t even begin to describe it.

  4. I think your number 1 is the most important. Reading allows us to get inside another person’s head, which obviously we can’t do in the real world. Seeing how another person – even a fake one – is shaped by his circumstances can make us more tolerant of people we dislike or don’t understand. I like to use the act of writing as a way to understand others, too. It breeds empathy, and the world needs more empathy.

  5. Sounds like you have chosen very good books! #AtoZchallenge ☮Peace ☮ ღ ONE ℒℴνℯ ღ ☼ Light ☼ visiting from http://4covert2overt.blogspot.com/

  6. great lessons – i love them! books take us to places of dreams and help us take a break from dreary mundania and that’s necessary!

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