In honor of the Chronicle Kids 25th Anniversary, we launched a #25ReasonstoRead Twitter campaign on Monday. For every tweet with the #25ReasonstoRead hashtag, we promised to donate a children’s book to a young reader in need (up to 250 books). In the last 48 hours, nearly 600 people have shared their reasons to read with us online. The passion and enthusiasm of the online book community never ceases to amaze, and we thank every one of you for sharing your love of reading with us—and helping us put books into the hands of kids!

If you missed our blog post, here’s the list that kicked it all off:

25 Reasons to Read

1. To escape
2. To time travel
3. To exercise my imagination
4. To walk in someone else’s shoes
5. To learn something new
6. To get out of my head and into someone else’s
7. To learn a new word or remember an old one
8. To laugh
9. To quiet the mind
10. To dream awake
11. To find just the right words to say how you feel
12. To discover the world without leaving home
13. To not stare at a screen for 30 freaking minutes
14. To bring back memories and remind me of parts of myself I’d forgotten
15. To meet new people without having to actually get dressed
16. To get inspired and motivated
17. For the wonder and delight it brings to children
18. Because no one understands me quite like Jane Austen
19. So I can point out all the things they got wrong in the movie
20. To hear my own story in someone else’s words
21. To broaden my horizons and get a new perspective
22. To introduce my children to magic
23. “To find life, in all its possibilities.” —Claire Messud
24. To feel less alone
25. Because you never meet men like Mr. Darcy at the bar

So, why do you love to read?

Visit the Chronicle Kids 25th Anniversary website for author interviews, online excerpts, giveaways, and more. 


25 Reasons Why I Stopped Reading Your Book
I don't read novels like I used to. I want to, but can't. That's for a lot of reasons -- for one, it's time.
By chuck wendig

Chuck Wendig:

Which is to say, the list of reasons I’m about to give are intensely personal to me and not in any way good guidelines to follow. Why even include them? First, because I want to unpack it for my own curiosity (and this blog is for me before it is for you), and second because maybe the conversation will trigger something in your thoughts about your own work, or it’ll inspire some interesting and spirited conversation in the comments below.

2. I have no context. None. Zero. Crafting the first thirty or so pages of a book is itself a vital and elusive art. You are required to pack so much into so little while at the same time not overdoing it. But the greatest thing missing from too many books is context. Books that begin with characters just doing shit or saying shit or thinking shit are fine — but from the first page, I want context. I don’t need all the details, but I need some sense of what’s going on and why. I need to be rooted in the story fast as you can get me there. You can meander, but goddamnit, meander with purpose. I need to know why you’re writing it, why the character is here, and why I should give a hot cup of fuck in the first place. […]

22. Okay, real #22 — the plot exists outside the characters. They do not control it. They do not contribute to it. Nobody is directing it but you, the Overarching God-Author. […]

24. Your characters aren’t acting like people. They’re acting like plot devices. This is related to #22 and #23, but what I mean is, you can feel how they’re acting against logic and their own emotional intelligence to further plot points. They keep secrets when keeping secrets is neither prudent nor interesting — it’s just that the secret is what keeps the plot alive. They lie when it makes no sense to lie.


I pulled out these points because I feel like those are my biggest problems. The whole list is worth investing a read-through and I can’t wait to see what the comments turn up too.