10 Reasons You Should Start Reading

10 Reasons You Should Start Reading

If you are looking for a new hobby or pastime, reading is definitely one to consider.
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Reading has always been a passion of mine. I loved reading even when I was in elementary school. I found a book series targeted towards kids that I think I still have the entire series of. It had helped me in many ways throughout my life whether it was with school or making new friends. Now I want to help you love reading just as much as I do.

1. It can be a new hobby

If you are looking for a new hobby or pastime, reading is definitely one to consider. Most people use their phone or television as a their main ways to spend any extra time they have during the day. However, reading can be a new hobby for you, all you need is five minutes to read a page or two in any book you have. Every time you open Instagram, it may have the same posts you saw since the last time you were on it two minutes ago. With a book, every line is new and every time you open it something different is happening no matter how many times you do it. When you're done with one you can pick up another and start the process all over again.

2. Reading can help with school

If you're like me and still in college, or even if you're in high school or lower, reading can help you with assignments. If you come across an assignment you're having difficulty with reading can help you clear your mind or may even contain the answers if you read a textbook. I know most people think reading a textbook is one of the most dreadful things you could possibly do, but if you read books normally it is much more bearable.

3. Reading can help expand your vocabulary

If you're ever in the mood to learn new words, reading is a great way to do that. Authors mostly use words that are used in everyday language but a lot of times you can find words in books that you won't know the meaning of. When you find them you can look them up and suddenly you have a new word you can use everyday if you wanted.

4. There's a genre for everyone

Before you say "I've already tried reading books, I don't find them interesting," take a second look because there's a slim chance you find nothing you like. There are dozens of genres from romance to science fiction and from poetry to fantasy. Don't give up on trying to read, instead, try to think of a topic you're interested in and take a look at that section next time you're in a book store.

5. Reading can help your imagination

Everyone has an imagination, but reading can help expand it. Reading certain types of books can help you think of things you may never even have considered picturing in your mind. If you take a look at any science fiction or fantasy book there is a whole world in there completely different from ours for you to think about and to open your mind to possibilities.

6. It can be a conversation topic

Reading can open up a whole new world of conversation to you. Right now, you and your friends probably talk and gossip about the newest episode of your favorite show on Netflix, but what happens when you're all caught up? Your friends may read a book series that you never got into but if you start reading it you can talk with them about that book. Even if they're done with the book most readers love talking about a book they like to anyone even if they aren't caught up.

7. Reading can help with writers block

If you write anything, poems or short stories or even novels, then you've experienced the one thing every writer fears the most... writers block. For those of you who may not know what it is, writers block is basically writing something but then hitting a wall and not knowing how to continue it. Reading can help this because you may get ideas from other books. I'm not saying to plagiarize but someone else's work may give you an idea that you could take in your own direction.

8. Reading can be thought stimulating

Reading can help you think more critically than you have before if you pick the right book. You might be in a disagreement with someone about something going on in the world today or in the past. You can pick up a political or historical book and find out information that you may not have known before and it may change your mind or bolster you point more than it already was.

9. You can be very passionate about reading

Reading can be a meaningful passion that you have. It embodies the art of storytelling that has been around even before people could read and write.

10. Reading will always be around

No matter what happens people will be reading, whether it be a hard copy of a book or if it's on a reading tablet, it won't go away. This is good for two reasons: it can be something you can do for however long you want to and it will never go out of style like most things do today.

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We have great dining food AND restaurants around us? Wow, we are #blessed.

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Westwood is the home to UCLA and offers plenty of interesting and diverse dining options for students and locals alike. Since the area is firmly Bruin territory, you will find lots of on-the-go, affordable eats along with a mix of more modern and upscale restaurants.

Though I definitely haven't had all the food Westwood occurs, being here two years now (omg already!?), I think I can safely recommend certain places to eat.

1. Shamshiri Grill

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South Westwood Boulevard is often referred to as Little Tehran, so most of that area is just Persian restaurants. Shamshiri Grill just makes the best meat and whenever I go there, I always order my meal with their special hot sauce, that is to DIE for. A must try.

2. Gushi

I can not tell you how many times I've been to this place. Located near Fat Sal's, you may be tempted to just miss it but let me tell you that is a mistake. I always get their Gushi Bowl which is just heavenly and the right amount to make me feel satisfied without being too filling. Be generous with the Teriyaki and Sriracha sauces on your meat and you are guaranteed to have a good time.

3. Pinches Tacos

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I know Mexican food is very common wherever you go but Pinches Tacos is aesthetically pleasing and their food? Even more so. It just tastes so good! I definitely recommend the Asada fries and any tacos.

4. Saffron and Rose

Saffron and Rose is a Persian ice cream parlor like 10 minutes away from Shamshiri Grill and the quality and variety of ice cream is truly impressive. I would not have known my weakness for Jasmine ice cream if I hadn't tried this place and as always, the Saffron and Rose (it's namesake) deserves to be the name of the restaurant because of how rich in flavor it is.

5. Maharaja

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I am very particular about my Indian food but the buffets in the afternoons at Maharaja definitely passes my checklist. I actually went there for my birthday so that just tells you how the food doesn't disappoint.

6. Nekter Juice Bar

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7. BJs

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They have $3 Pizookies on Tuesday.

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What can I say? I just love the restaurants here.

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