To Read or not to Read?

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!


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14 thoughts on “To Read or not to Read?

  • Rosie Russell

    Great article Carmela! I say, read, read, read! One thing I need to remember to do is to add those books to “Goodreads” as I found the library does not keep a log of books we check out. There are a few titles I would love to read again but fail to find them.
    I even tend to read two books at one time. I make sure there are very different from one another so I don’t get the stories confused. Crazy huh?
    Reading is a gift of time that we all can give ourselves. When we instill reading to our children at a young age, they too will grow up with the love of reading.
    I’m looking forward to the big giveaway extravaganza!
    Thanks again for your wonderful article! 🙂

    • Carmela Dutra Post author

      Hi Rosie, I think that is a fantastic idea to read two books at one! My husband does the same thing, and like you, his books are very different from each other. I will have to ask him if his reasoning echoes that of yours. I am excited for the giveaway too, hope we can inspire some love of reading.

      P.S. love your quote! You should make a meme of it and post it on your author page!


      • Rosie Russell

        Thanks Carmela! Yes, I would like to know why your husband reads two book also. I do it for the lack of time I have here lately. Another reason is, it depends on the mood I’m in. If it’s a book that’s sad and I want something more uplifting for that day, I always know I have a backup. I just thought of something. Many times children are asked to read this or that. Some are reluctant to read so we all should ask them why. It may be as simple as they don’t care for that story or content. I can see a child being completely turned off on reading all together if they are not given stories that’s not interesting to them over and over again. Sure, we all have times when we “have to read” something that’s not interesting. Making sure children have a balance of different materials, is a win, win. 🙂


        • David

          I actually read two books because the Alfred Hitchcock book is a collection of short stories that range from a few pages to 10-15 pages and I like having a mix of what I’m reading and not feel like I’m tied to a book if I want a break from that story line. I like having the ability to change completely the topic as I like war/spy type novels yet I like having a mystery to turn too when I want depending on my mood.

          • Rosie Russell

            Hi David! Your books sound interesting! I think mood has a lot to do it. My husband teases me all the time as I have even had three books all going at the same time.
            To me, there is nothing worse than getting a book from the library and finding it’s a story that doesn’t suit me. So I always pick up backups. Many times those backups are fun and entertaining.
            Thank you for your note back to me.
            Have a great week! 🙂

  • Cat Michaels

    Whoa! Forgot about the Goodreads challenge. Have not signed up for my 2017 GR challenge yet. I am more likely to read an audiobook as a motivator while exercising or doing chores. Plus, I have a monthly slate of tales selected for me through my book club…another great source for finding cool tales and sharing with friends.!

    • Carmela Dutra Post author

      I set up my challenge, but I have yet to update it to show progress. I always mean to I just forget. I like the idea of an audiobook, I always find them especially nice when doing housework, or on a long car ride. Love the suggestion of a book club, I should check some out. Thank’s for stopping by!

  • David

    I am looking forward to making progress on my Alfred Hitchcock terror book which is filled with short stories and checking out a few books that caught my eye like the charm school and sleeping giants

  • corrina holyoake

    Lovely post Carmela, and reading is something I love but am ashamed to say doesn’t happen that often these days. I read a lot of blog posts on mental health and mindfullness but I must must put some time aside to get lost in fiction again. Thank you for the reminder of how important reading is and I applaud you for encouraging kids to embrace it.

    • Carmela Dutra Post author

      Reading is reading Corrina! Be it blogs, comics, manga, or novels, I don’t discriminate! Thank you for sharing your comments, and when you start your next fiction read please be sure to share it with us!

  • Julie Gorges

    I think if you write you automatically have a love for reading. Oh, the luxury of getting caught up in a good story that takes you away! Especially when life gets a bit tough. Reading is an opportunity to be inspired, to learn, to explore, to cuddle with our children and grandchildren, to laugh and cry, and to escape from reality. Who can resist? Not me! I’m absolutely addicted and like you – to read or not to read is a silly question! Thanks for reminding everyone of the pure joy and all the rewards of reading.

    • Carmela Dutra Post author

      I love how you put that Julie, the luxury of getting caught up in a good story that takes you away! I just love the different worlds that are opened up to me. A good book that engages all of my senses, and when it’s really good I’m even dreaming about it. Thanks for your comment!