“Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself…. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.”
Angela Carter (1940–1992), British author.
Why read? Why should I read the book before it comes out in cinema? Why is settling down with a good book better then sitting on the couch watching The Simpson’s reruns? I have often pondered the merits of reading, but you don’t realise the advantages until you actually begin reading. Until I unlocked my first real book I couldn’t have dreamed of the wonders and marvels that it opens to you. It’s just that when you do read you discover how exquisite the delights of reading are.
Books can transport you to different places, worlds, times, people, anywhere you can imagine without leaving your own room.
Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are. Picking up a book is like picking up a world that is waiting to be explored. Whether fiction or fact they can take you away with them, engulf you and make you apart of their environment. They can scare the wits out of you, make you cry, make you laugh, the more pages you read the harder it is to shut the book. Every book is a great adventure. Within the pages lie stories untold, places never ventured and new people to meet. No book is alike, no story the same.
Reading is not strange. It seems that many people do not want to read or do not think it is necessary. They believe that people who read are “nerds”, “geeks”, or ‘bookworms’. This is not true. I read because it is something that passes the time peacefully and it alleviates ignorance. Reading for fun is normal; it improves a person’s imagination, vocabulary, and knowledge without the person even knowing it. Reading forms the staple of traditional education.
For centuries, literature has been seen as a form of escapism. Open a book; read an adventure. Find a new world with a book. Go on a vacation in your own living room; read a book. Modern-day libraries are coated like thick paint with such clich " es, on posters and flyers and librarian lips. However, these clich " es cannot be found in "Writing and Reading", a short excerpt of Richard Wright's ...
With a book to aid the imagination, a person can go anywhere. They can be marooned on a desert island where normal boys change to savage beasts in Lord of the Flies, they can become Hannibal lector’s next victim or even have a romance with the arrogant Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice.
Books hold vast amounts of knowledge. In every book, there is something to learn. Biographies and Diaries can give us accounts of the Second World War, the sinking of the Titanic, the truth behind celebrities while history books teach us not to make the same mistakes twice.
Children should be encouraged to read from a young age, it helps them with spelling and grammar. It cultivates their young minds and helps them to believe anything is possible. In 1966
Margaret Craig McNamara founded Reading Is Fundamental after discovering that the children she volunteered to tutor in Washington, D.C., owned no or few books. It develops and delivers children’s and family literacy programs that help prepare young children for reading and motivate school-age children to read regularly. Last year, RIF celebrated its 35th anniversary and the milestone of placing more than 200 million books in the hands and homes of children most at risk of educational failure.
Books are a free pastime and can help to escape from reality.
Unlike going to the cinema where people spend a lot of money to see films such as Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Red Dragon all of which are based on novels. Instead of paying out money to see these films these books can be borrowed for free in libraries and of course the books are always preferred to the movies.
During the summer people become addicted to boring Big Brother where its more interesting to watch paint dry. Instead they should pick up a timeless novel and submerge themselves with that. Novels are great space fillers in my suitcase whenever I go on holiday. There’s nothing like sitting on a beach with the sun blazing down on you reading the adventures of Moby Dick, although maybe Jaws wouldn’t be a good one if you intend on going swimming.
We must safeguard children and young people as they are unable to protect themselves alone and are far more vulnerable to things such as abuse and neglect than adults are. It is our duty of care to protect children and young people from physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, verbal abuse and neglect. We must be able to identify early on the signs and symptoms of abuse or neglect before the ...
Books can help pass time, at airports, on train journeys, on flights, when your grounded, anytime, anywhere you can pull out a book and become immersed in it. So bring a book wherever you go just in case you happen to get the urge to read. They’re portable, they’re handy, and they’re a whole world within a few pages and a cover. A book can take the reader places they only dreamed of, it increases vocabulary without the reader having knowledge of it, and they can teach a vast majority of subjects to alleviate ignorance.
And remember a book is not just for Christmas, it’s for life.