Tuesday, June 22, 2021

The Joys of Reading

‘Read every day’ is simply good advice. 

Indeed, reading is important because it develops our thoughts, gives us endless education and lessons while keeping our minds active and agile. Books can hold and keep all kinds of knowledge and stories and thoughts and feelings unlike anything else in this world. 

For me, reading is much more than acquiring information and beyond being entertaining – it also makes me a better writer. When you read, your brain absorbs good writing techniques and vocabulary. 

Equally important, reading challenges your imagination. As you read, you put yourself in the characters’ shoes. Your brain goes beyond the words on the page, imagining details such as appearances, emotions, and surroundings. 

American novelist and essayist, William Styron wrote, “A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading”. 

The importance of a book to help us learn and understand things cannot be underestimated. Those who don’t read can’t understand the love for reading – but those who read on a daily basis know the importance of diving into a good book. 

Ahhh, the joys of reading! 

I'm putting up this short post on reading because I came across this cartoon strip on Facebook today. 

And right away, it reminds me that as I was growing up, I used to devour books religiously. In fact, it was more of an addiction.

Books were my faithful companions and they still are.

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