So while I was procrastinating I was reading articles on Buzzfeed, and one that I couldn’t help but click on. It was called 13 Utterly Disappointing Facts About Books. I have to say it made me want to cry, just a little. I did laugh that the Japanese little kid was “reading” an upside down book. However, it made me think about two main things; one, how do you encourage people to read, and two, should we really criticize those who read books we do not like.
For me it is sad to think that people are embarrassed to be seen reading, or to take pride in not reading. However, I do find it hard not to judge people for reading books I really don’t like (i.e. Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey). Reading, to me, is a privilege, and as such should be cherished as a gift. Many people struggle to read, or cannot due to not receiving an education. Reading has been a constant in my life, and a source of great comfort and stress relieving, and I cannot imagine not being able to read. This article reminded me why it is that I participate in this blog, and encourage others to pick up books again.
“In a very real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot or will not read. It is not true that we have only one life to lead; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish.” Hayakawa, 1990
Why do you, my dear readers, read? Are there ways you encourage others to read? If you would like to check out the article, just click on the link above. Then to give you a respite from the depressing read, here is a link to another Buzzfeed article, 14 Books to read Before They Hit the Big Screen (some of these books have been reviewed, or will soon be reviewed by us!).
Until next time,