26 Reasons Why You Need To Read More

“Because books tell the stories of people we don’t know, places we haven’t been, and worlds we can only imagine.”

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We asked attendees at the annual Book Expo America conference why they think people should read more books. Here are their answers.

1. “You have nothing to lose. (Except ignorance.)”

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2. “People should read for the joy of leaving their lives and heads and problems, and entering the worlds of other lives, heads, and, yes, problems.”

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3. “So you’ll never feel lonely or alone.”

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4. “To be as smart as possible.”

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5. “Because books tell the stories of people we don’t know, places we haven’t been, and worlds we can only imagine.”

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6. “Books matter.”

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7. “Because there’s nothing better than creating your own mental movie while reading. Plus… all the cool kids do it.”

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8. “Reading stimulates the mind in a way that movies and TV cannot; reading awakens a dormant imagination and keeps the mind fresh.”

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9. “For yourself.”

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10. “Books are like a real-life TARDIS.”

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11. “Because reading books brings people together!”

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12. “Reading is still the best way into another person’s emotional life — while ever seeing the world from another point of view is important, reading (a lot) will be essential.”

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13. “Take your mind on an adventure!”

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14. “Reading more makes you sexier… eventually.”

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15. “It helps you relax.”

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16. “To broaden your horizons!”

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17. “Reading lets you explore the world and learn more about other people’s stories!”

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18. “Read more romance novels — they’re good for the soul.”

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19. “To expand your mind!”

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20. “I think the knowledge alone that’s written in books is worth any time invested in reading, and also the adventure and journey that they take you on is priceless.”

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21. “To understand people, cultures, life… which helps with the ladies!”

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22. “Read more books… so your brain doesn’t rot!”

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23. “Read to relax after your busy day!”

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24. “Because books are THE BEST.”

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25. “To expand your mind and creativity.”

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26. “It’s the only way to sleep with people who like books.”

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To learn more about Book Expo America, click here.

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