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To Read, or Not to Read?

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It is sad to think, that there are people that just do not read or enjoy picking up a book. There is nothing better than after a busy day at work curling up on the sofa and immersing myself in a good book. Maybe it is because of the world we live in today, with our multimedia obsession of television and mobile phones and a desire for immediacy that people no longer want to read. A book involves the reader to have to put in the effort and use their own imagination rather than have images and sounds flashed before their eyes.

A book that takes a few days or weeks to read, can be condensed into a film that lasts 2 hours, with the saying ‘ a picture paints a thousand words’ who needs to pick up a book?

Technological advances has caused many people to plant their heads into electronic screens for hours on end, but with inventors realising the appeal of electronics, along came the Kindle to encourage the gadget lover.

As a teenager, I did not enjoy reading, it probably had something to do with the books I was reading. However I did still read, and was encouraged by my parents to switch off the TV set and pick up a book, no matter how much I didn’t want to. It wasn’t until my parents allowed me to read their collection of leather bound classics (out of bounds due to their antiquity), that I realised there was a whole new world of books.

Reading is a basic foundation that we all must achieve to develop our knowledge and expand the world around us. It not only develops knowledge it also expands vocabulary and encourages higher quality writing skills.

It should be enjoyed by everyone with the right book! I can’t imagine not being able to read and delve into an unknown world of imagination or survive the laborious commute to work on the train with a book to hand and would encourage all those non readers to indulge too!

Here are a few of my favourite/recently read books:

Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest ( Ken Kesey)
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Steig Larsson)
1984 (George Orwell)
We Need to Talk About Kevin (Lionel Shriver)
The Kite Runner (Khaled Hossein)
Life Expectancy (Dean Kootnz)
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

 

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