Why I Read: Finding Fun in Fiction

By Katie Corbett


I read a lot. Business books are fun and good, and I also enjoy curling up with a fiction book. Reading fiction is advice that one of my favorite authors, Tim Ferriss, gives a lot in his book, “The 4-Hour Workweek.” I have found his advice helpful on many levels.


I first read “The Hobbit,” by J. R. R. Tolkien because my mom said it was a fun book. As I grew, I started picking out books of my own to read. Here are some benefits I’ve gotten through enjoying a good story.


  • I can live vicariously through others.
  • I learn about ways to persevere, and also how it looks to give up.
  • I can sit back, relax, and not think so much about my own life.
  • I can learn new words and turns of phrase, which helps me become a better writer.
  • Reading book jacket blurbs and then reading the accompanying book gives me marketing perspective.
  • I can read anywhere.
  • Books give me a way to start conversations with others.
  • I can read about different people and decide what kind of person I want to be.
  • I love learning about how worlds are built and how authors get their ideas.
  • Reading is the one hobby I’ve never gotten tired of doing.


Do you love to read? If so, what have been some of your favorite books this year? If not, what hobbies do you enjoy?


If you’re not sure what hobby you want to try next, consider picking up a few new hobbies and see what sticks. Have you been curious about knitting, think you might like to try kayaking, or want to learn how to bake an amazing soufflé? Give it a try. This time next year, you’ll be glad you did.


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