Books have perhaps fallen a little out of favour in recent years thanks to the burgeoning popularity of ereaders such as Kindle, but the printed word is still very important today and should be respected.
Knowledge is power, it has been said. Many books can teach us a great deal. Whether you want to learn about a given subject to pass an exam or you want to know how to fix a car or how to make a certain type of cake, the information can all be found within books. Learning doesn’t need to stop when you leave school and there are a wealth of subjects you might find interesting that are worth reading about and there are always a number of books on any of them available.
Or perhaps you re going on holiday? A travel guide in the form of a book is a must if you’re going backpacking around Europe in places where there is limited internet access.
In fact, don’t just rely on the internet for your factual information, try using a reference book at your local library.
Fiction books have a great deal of power. They possess the power to be able to transport you to a different time or a different place. People who say books are boring are generally either people who don’t read or people who grew to dislike reading at a younger age, perhaps because they were made to read uninspiring books during their time at school.
Claiming books to be uninteresting is a dangerous thing to say. Sure, some might not be to our individual tastes, but there’s something for everyone.
Everyone likes a good story, whether it’s presented in a film or an anecdote a friend is telling.
Books allow you to use your imagination to illustrate what the author is telling you and it keeps your mind active.
These days people risk a kind of mental stagnation through internet use, social media and gameplay which while being a welcome distraction from the hustle and bustle of modern life don’t generally offer a great deal of mental stimulation.
A healthy mind can lead to a happier outlook and of course it can fight against things such as dementia.
Reading an engaging story can certainly help you achieve a healthier mind and brain.
What to read?
Everyone’s tastes are different, but there must be something in the bookshelves of your local library or book shop which will captivate you.
In recent years the Harry Potter series, The Da Vinci Code and even Fifty Shades of Grey have been incredibly popular and made people who wouldn’t normally read dive inside a book.
This is another power books can have. They bring people together. If everyone at work or school is talking about a book they’ve all read you might feel like you’re missing out. You’ll need to read it too in order to take part in their discussions.
And the next Shakespeare or Stephen King is out there somewhere too. Maybe it’s you? Reading other people’s literary works has inspired a great number of people to try penning their own novels. Some of these are bad, but some are very good. Without books none of these people would have written anything and entertained others.
Make new friends
If you aren’t already a member, go and join your local library. There might even be a reading group there which you can join. It’s always fun to discuss a book you’ve read with others. It can lead to lively debate and perhaps even better understanding of some works. And you’ll be talking to people who share similar interests to you in that you have the same taste in books.
Remember it’s not all classics. There is plenty of highly acclaimed modern fiction and nobody will think any less of you if you prefer science fiction to Tolstoy. The important thing is to read. We can feel invigorated, inspired and enriched by reading books and nothing else will do this to a person.
As JK Rowling said: “Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.”