I remember when I was younger I used to spend hours reading books. While most people can list all the TV shows they watched as kids, I can name several authors who made my childhood special, like Enid Blyton, Jacqueline Wilson, Malorie Blackman, and Kiera Cass. I had a library full of Enid Blyton books and spent hours re-reading them all until I knew them by heart. However, some people prefer non-fiction and prefer reading facts about sea animals and human anatomy rather than delving into a fictional story about a distant tree and its peculiar inhabitants. What can I say, something about the fiction thrilled me, it took me to a place away from this world where the characters in the book were people I could talk to and have adventures with.
2 out of 5 people in the UK read for pleasure, which deeply shocks me. Books are a safe space, a way to escape the harsh grip of reality and be anything you can dream of. While trying not to sound childish, I want to explain how reading has many benefits that you probably never thought of. Instead of struggling to teach your child to speak, give them a book and watch how their vocabulary will grow over time as they learn to recognize words and associate them with actions and objects. With a larger vocabulary, your child will learn to be more effective when communicating with their peers and will develop their confidence. It’s also a fun way for you to spend time with them. From personal experience, I can tell you that the books that were read to me when I was a child, I will never forget. In fact, I stored them safely in the attic to one day pass them on to my children. Books are memories, you can either make them part of your memories or you can miss out on some of the finer things in life.
Non-fiction books. Unlike me, my brother was interested in those large, colorful books full of facts about animals. Even at the age of seven he would come up to me and start spouting off some random fact that he had read, and the fact that he chose to read that made me realize he was more likely to s remember later. While I wouldn’t choose to read non-fiction, reading in general prevents age-related cognitive decline and all the facts you learn will often come in handy at some point in the future when you expect it the most. less. Most people don’t know what they want to do with the rest of their life at a young age, so any information could be helpful. For example, a marine biologist may have been in a difficult situation, but due to the extensive knowledge he gained from independent reading, he would have been able to come up with a suitable solution. Non-fiction books contain knowledge and, as Stephen Hawking once said, “Nothing is better than reading and acquiring more and more knowledge” and I don’t think you can be disagree with him.
Another topic I wanted to address was whether reading online is better than reading a paperback. Personally, I prefer to read the print version, but occasionally, for convenience and cost, I understand I prefer to read online. There are many more books available online now than when I was a kid and it makes sense to just read for free online and not lose the page you are on by bookmarking the page. I would say there’s a kind of feeling you get when reading the hard copy, it’s the feel of the pages and the words coming to life that makes a book a book to me. Reading a book brings an emotional connection that just isn’t there for me when reading online. The smell of a new, freshly printed and unopened book, the feeling of waking up to find your hand still desperately holding the book on the right page or flipping through the book to find your last page if you’ve lost it.
I respect everyone who reads books, no matter where they choose to read or what they read. It’s important to do this and allow it to be part of your experience because while some people find it easy, others struggle and need support to read, so feel privileged if you have the less access to read and take advantage of the opportunity. which was given to you.