The act of sitting down with a hot beverage, to sit back and read a book is still a popular hobby, even in the digital age. Speaking as a reader of books, one could describe the interest in books as a love affair.
“I would rather be a poor man in a garret with plenty of books than a king who did not love reading.” – Thomas Macaulay
The love affair with books can best be described as a loyal relationship. Once you have bought or borrowed a book, one has complete access to the contents of that book. Personally I enjoy reading to enter imaginary worlds, but also to gain more knowledge. The quote above this paragraph puts into perspective the value of books, which is priceless.
Reading books is a hobby I recommend to everyone, especially if you are struggling with stress or like me, anxiety. I find that reading grounds me and helps me to relax and quiet my mind for a period of time.
Reading also opens minds and recent studies suggests that reading books for pleasure has a positive effect on our mental health. I would also argue that books lead to enlightenment. Intelligent debate is far more interesting than being effectively spoon fed information by the media, 1984 a reality?
On a more cheerful note books are still accessible in most affluent countries, just ignore the haters and start reading books, or even listen to an audio book.