Lately I’ve been trying to expand my horizons and read novels of all different time periods, authors and genres. It can be tough to find time to read, but I find if you really make it a priority like working out or eating healthy, it’s easy to incorporate a little page-turning action into your daily routine.
Lately, at the recommendation of a few family members, I’ve been reading a few novels by Jane Austen. I had been hearing over and over again that she was a genius, and I knew I had to see what all the fuss was about.
So far I’ve read Persuasion, Northanger Abbey and Sense & Sensibility, and I’m pleased to say I’m officially an unofficial member of her fan club! Read on to see five reasons why I’ve decided to dig into some classics and brush up on my literature:
1. It helps develop better writing skills. I’ve heard time and time again that books are writers’ food, and if I’m hoping to improve as a writer, I had better get my paws on as many books as I can — stat!
2. Novels help you gain a better understanding of human nature. If there’s one thing Wuthering Heights taught me it’s that people do shady things, sometimes for bad reasons. Misery loves company, and I love reading because it reminds you that you’re not alone in the world.
3. It’s an escape into a simpler time. Sometimes, the only cure for the blues is to put down your phone and immerse yourself in the English countryside during the 19th century. There’s nothing more charming to read about than a romantic ball in Bath, England — I’ve never wanted a time machine more than after reading about all the lace, elegance and loveliness of the Victorian era.
4. Classic novels open your eyes to another perspective. Reading a novel from 150 years ago can be so interesting in so many ways, but one thing I find fascinating are the many beliefs, values and social customs that are so different from the ones we hold today. It can really make you think about why we do the things we do, and how we take things like social norms and expectations for granted.
5. Reading is relaxing and distracting. I always find the act of reading so soothing and calming. Not only is it quiet, which is a quality that seems to be more and more difficult to find today, but it takes your mind off the worries and concerns of your own life and into the world of someone else with an entirely different set of problems!
Do you have any favourite novels?! I’m always looking for recommendations!