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The saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover” is so true. When you pick up a book, you never know what the words inside it will say or what pictures you will see on the pages. This is why reading is like an adventure. Everyone should enjoy the adventures of reading once in a while.

Reading is such an important part of our lives. Whether you are a parent who reads to your toddler, a student in grade school, or a middle-aged adult who works full-time, reading is something we should all be involved in.

When you read a book, you are going to learn something, even if it’s a fictional tale. Every author puts his or her voice into the words that appear on a page (or on a screen for the e-book readers out there). Words become sentences. Sentences become paragraphs. Paragraphs become chapters. And chapters become books. A book is really the definition of something that can make you think and keep you occupied at the same time. Some books are packed with information on various subjects that you can’t find anywhere else. Others contain stories, poems, or images that will jump into your mind and get you wondering about something. In many cases, learning is the best part about reading. We all know something, but we all don’t know everything. So pick up a book on something you are unfamiliar with and educate yourself.

Another benefit of reading is to get your mind off the everyday stresses we all endure. From jobs to families to personal issues, everyone has things in their lives that can get to them both physically and mentally. When you pick up a book, you can block all of those things out temporarily and enjoy a nice story. It could be something funny from Roald Dahl or something mysterious from John Grisham. It could be something informative like reading an almanac or browsing through an atlas. Whatever it is, your brain will always take a rest from the hustle-and-bustle of life to focus on the words and images in a book.

Finally, the best thing about books is that they are reasonably priced. In particular, used books cost next to nothing in many instances. Browsing through the shelves of a local bookstore or searching for books on the Internet are two great methods to find cheap books. There are also options like e-books and audio books if you’d rather read a book on your iPad or sit back and listen to a book on CD or as an MP3 file on your iPod. Rent books for free from your local library or from Amazon’s Kindle store. As long as you put your mind to it, you can read practically anything for free or for a small fee.

In the end, reading should be more than a hobby. It’s a necessity.