THE READING HABIT
We can learn through books. Books are cheap. A single book does not cost much, but the knowledge it gives is invaluable. Those who know books know that they offer joys and riches unsurpassed. Yet, millions let slip the chance to read, or they read only the cheapest trash, things meant to drug the mind rather than delight it and stimulate it.
A book is a flying divan, a magic carpet, a house of ever changing furniture, a party, a new viewpoint and a lot of other things. Why let a cat have nine lives and live only one yourself? Books can offer you as many lives as you want to experience. All you need to do is read them…
A book, I think, is very like
A little golden door
That takes me into places
Where I’ve never been before.
It leads me into fairyland
Or countries strange and far
And, best of all, the golden door
Always stands ajar.
People ought to read books. The man who neglects them is walling himself in and starving his soul. Only the reader of books realizes the oneness of human family, the repetition of the same errors and crimes, good deeds and noble thoughts. The person who reads no books lives on a desert island. He robs himself of unlimited wealth to be had for the taking.
But, there is no need to neglect novels for histories. Just as there is a certain amount of fiction in the fact books, so there is a vast amount of truth in good fiction. A novelists who takes his art seriously is a good spokesman for human sympathy and human understanding. If you read a well-written novel, you will feel as if you are a part of the story. As you make yourself one with the characters in the book you will learn many invaluable messages, thoughts, values and others,
“Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, some few to be chewed and digested” -Francis Bacon.
Reading books might bee seen as a boring and unchallenging activity to those who hates doing so. However, those who love reading see it as adventurous and exciting. It’s up to us to decide. Is reading boring, or is it exciting? Is it wasteful or is it worthwhile?
Let us learn all the knowledge, the joys, the sorrow, the histories and the ‘treasure’ books can offer us.