How to Choose a Book

There are several reasons why someone chooses a book – an appealing cover, the title itself, the plot, the reviews it received, or perhaps a friend suggested it. These are all valid reasons to pick a book and reasons I go by as well. But a book should be worth more than the reason(s) why you picked it. A book should make you feel and think. The book should give you emotions you have never felt before and should make you want to express yourself. A book should make you want to pick out another once you are finished with it, especially if it is part of a series (Harry Potter, for instance). One book that made me emotional was The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I won’t give any spoilers, but this book made me realize how short life is and not to take anything or anyone for granted.

Books have the ability to teach, and I’m not talking about your typical run-of-the-mill textbook. I’m saying that the lessons learned should be things you don’t learn in school. It may not always be noticeable, but more often than not there is something to be learned in each book.

Furthermore, a book is the ultimate getaway. Books take you to other worlds, no matter what the genre. They are good stress relievers and are perfect for relaxing after a stressful day, which sounds ideal to me. I encourage you to read books from all genres, not just one. The more diverse you are in reading, the more intelligent you’ll become and the more open minded you will be. The more you read, the better your perspective is on life.

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