It makes me sad to think how more and more young people these days have a strong dislike of reading. They seem to associate reading with school work, and groan inwardly at the mere thought of reading a book outside of school hours. How did such a beautiful thing such as writing became reduced to magazines full of rubbish and newspapers full of problems? How did the pleasure of reading become looked upon with disdain?
Reading a good book at one time was an entertainment and a way of educating yourself. Writing was an art and highly appreciated. Even the standard of writing has lessened and lost some of its flavour. Where has that enjoyment and appreciation gone to? Now days, you’re bound to get a strange look from someone if you talk about your love of reading.
I think people need to change their thinking of books and pieces of writing. Instead of seeing writing as a tedious exercise and “school work”, look at the art of writing. Writing can captivate and involve a reader in a mysterious way. Words can flow and ebb together to create a masterpiece. Reading can influence you in more ways than you think. A good piece of writing can change your whole mind set or bring to light something you’d never even thought about.
For those who don’t like reading, remember that not all books are Shakespeare with thou’s and thy’s. There are many good, modern day novels that can get you hooked. Once you seriously begin, you’ll struggle to tear yourself away.
Reading is so much healthier for your mind than TV or the internet, though both are nice. I think it’s so much better for you to get stuck in a book than to sit in front of the TV or computer like a couch potato for hours, for soon you may start looking like one. But reading can improve your mind and exercise your imagination, as long as what you’re reading isn’t junk.
Books are a blessing to be used and enjoyed. Reading isn’t some boring thing you have to do to get through school, but it’s something you can take pleasure in. We mustn’t let the love of books and reading perish from this world forever.