Books on the Shelf: 5 Benefits of Reading Good Books


The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries. -Rene Descartes

I’m a self confessed book lover and book collector. For some bloggers who have already read my About Me page know that I’d rather buy books than buy new clothes or dine in fancy restaurants.

I invest in books because I fully know well that it will produce a good return in the future. I intentionally allot budget for books because I believe it’s not a value if it doesn’t cost you something. I’m forever grateful to my English teacher who removed the veil in my eyes and let me realized the importance of reading good books. Let me just share the benefits I’m enjoying from reading good books:

  1. Tranquility

How beautiful it is to sit down to read a good book while enjoying your favorite coffee or strawberry smoothie, listening to a good music in the comfort of your own home, in a cozy cafe or in a solitary place that gives you tranquility? Reading good books can bring about immense inner peace and calmness while the world is in fast forward. No matter what you’re going through at work or in your personal life it all just slips away when you lose yourself in a great story.

  1. Wisdom

The one who walks with the wise will become wise, but a companion of fools will suffer harm. What a great privilege to share a private conversation with great men in history and get wisdom from them first hand? Though sound impossible reading books written by those authors is surely a personal and heartfelt talk with the wisest men in history.

  1. Wider Perspective

A well-written book will transport you to others places, get you entangle to different life’s complex situation, force you to meet best and worst kinds of people, remove you from your box and let you explore a bigger and wider world that is beneficial as you face life’s difficulty.

  1. A Smarter and Better You

Reading increases your knowledge about the world, the people and how things work. It enhances you critical and analytical thinking especially when it comes to critiquing a plot, determining if the characters in the story developed as the story progress and if the story flow ran smoothly. Everything you read fills your mind with information, and you never know when you will need it. The more knowledge you have, the better-equipped you are to tackle any challenge you’ll ever face.

  1. Easier life

Writing a published book is a tough journey took by great authors. They spent years of studying, researching and hard work to produce a well written account. It’s your advantage to read what they toil all their life. It took them years, while you can get the wisdom for just a matter of weeks or months. You don’t need to be in the same situation, their writings can be a guide for you to live an awesome life!

It doesn’t matter whether you prefer reading a physical book or a downloaded pdf file in your gadgets. Both will still cost you money. As long as you make it a habit to read, it’s your advantage. As what mark Twain said, “Those who don’t read good books have no advantage over those who can’t.”

And by the way, I created a new category on my blog ‘Books on the shelf’ to share my takeaways from  the books I read.