You’ve started reading this article meaning something in the above heading attracted you to it. You have weighed up the potential relevance of the time you have and decided that it sounded interesting enough to at least, start reading it. For that, I thank you!
To Read or Not to Read… That is the Question…. Is it? Is it really a question??
The definition of reading according to one dictionary is The action or skill of reading written or printed matter silently or aloud. Another translation renders it as such: To look at and comprehend the meaning of (written or printed matter) by mentally interpreting the characters or symbols of which it is composed.
Okay, we have the “technical” definition of the word reading, but can one truly put a meaning to the term reading? Can you describe reading to someone any more than you can describe the color blue to someone who has never seen it? In some ways, the answer is yes you can. Or at least I would say so.
For example, to me, reading is opening the door to new ideas, thoughts, and learning about new things. While taking you into the mind of the author, being able to see things from their perspective. Reading is something that for me is a way of life, like mental oxygen in a way.
Some feel even asking the question to read or not to read, is the silliest thing you could ask a person. For me, reading isn’t an option. The real challenge is finding a home for all of my books. Or, holding off on buying new books before I’ve made even a fraction of my way through the ones I already have waiting their turn.
At the same time for someone who doesn’t read, trying to explain why you enjoy it so much can be a task. If you were to ask them that same question To Read or not to Read can also be a no-brainer answer as it is for someone who does read.
Without question, the American bookworm is a rarer species than two or three decades ago, when we didn’t enjoy today’s abundance of today’s (somewhat distracting) gadgets. Let’s just say what if, what if you are not a reader but want to be? See, that—what you’re doing right now—that’s actually doing your body and mind a world of good. You’re welcome! HA-HA
Okay, in all seriousness it’s up to you if you want to be a reader or not. There are things that you can do about it, just as there are things you can do to prevent it. It’s up to what you chose. For me, reading isn’t a struggle I read all of the time, I’ve even moonlighted as a copy editor.
The New Year is officially upon us, and this is the time when most start planning their resolutions for the year. Babies gravitate naturally towards books, but as they grow older, without proper encouragement and reinforcement, some kids will drift away. My resolution is for this not to happen.
So for me, and my house I say To Read or Not to Read… That is a Silly question!
Sometimes, we need to have something to be accountable to, setting a reading challenging can be an excellent way to do this. I set one for myself every year on Goodreads. If you are on Goodreads, I invite you to join me, let’s read together!
Are you a reader? Do you have any reading goals for 2017? Please share some of the books you plan to devel into this year by leaving a comment below.
Thank you for reading this week’s blog, be sure to check back for details about how you can win some free books! I have partnered up with some fellow authors to share in International Book Giving Day 2/14, and we will be having a book giveaway extravaganza!