The Importance of Reading

The difference between my sister and myself is that, as a millennial, she has grown up knowing the internet pretty much as it is today. I, however, remember not even having internet at home and the only entertainment being television and books. Of these two, I have always preferred books as a way to keep myself occupied. But as I have recently found out not everyone was this way inclined at a young age. A short while ago, when I moved to university, I found people who cannot even recall one book that has made an impression on their lives.

As an English student, I could not even comprehend such a thing but the same can be said for my sister. While she enjoyed the writing of children’s author Jacqueline Wilson, it wasn’t until two years ago that she found something she could get herself really hooked on as a teenager. But have the internet generation lost the skill of reading or at least that of being able to concentrate on anything more than an iPhone screen full of text?

Of course I should not criticise them for their lack of concentration when recently I have found my own to be faltering. I could blame university, or the work that is piling up or that I’m just ‘too busy’ to read but I feel that none of these are valid excuses, especially when the reading is in fact for university. I hope this semester I can stop spending hours staring at memes and personal opinions I simply don’t care about but read to avoid everything else.

Regrettably it is too easy today to find a film or television adaptation of a book or book series. Even people I talk to about the Harry Potter series have not read it (thanks mum for reading these to me and my sister many years ago). While Warner Bros did their best to condense each books into one film each (with the exception of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows) there are certain aspects that the books provide which are completely overlooked by the films. Books allow audiences, no matter their age,  to expand their imaginations and creates a new world to escape within. Better readers create better writers  and people now question why words and grammar are being lost in their traditional sense.

I am not one to make resolutions but I hope that this year I can not only read more myself but also help others find a book or short story which draws them in and brings forth feelings or thoughts they have never felt or thought before. I wish to help those who have not found their sanctuary in literature. With nearly 130 million books in the world, I sure there is something for everyone, it is just finding it.

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  1. This is a great topic to speak on. I’m 15, and, until recently, I used to over look books just like everybody else my age. I read a lot of nonfiction now, and I have learned a lot from it.

    If you are looking for any inspiring nonfiction books for either you or your sister, please stop by my page. I post book reviews over biographies, classics, and inspiring nonfiction.

    https://thewrightread.com/

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  2. I’m a big believer in The One. That magical book that draws you in and suddenly reading clicks into place.

    Mine was The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark at a very young age, my ex didn’t find his until picking up Pratchett at 15.

    My eldest had The Worst Witch at about 8, my son is still struggling for a true One but a Neil Gaiman came close last year. The youngest has just absorbed books from tiny, but I think her One would be Matilda, not her first loved book, but she identified so much with a little girl who loved books.

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