We cannot describe the joy of reading a good book in plain words because the activity can only be understood through actual experience. Books help us improve our ability to observe reality and open our minds, thus releasing a multitude of perspectives and variations into our thoughts. A book is like a whole world captured within a single frame that’s unraveling before our eyes. Reading books is the best exercise for the brain, so we have to admit that nothing can replace the pure joy of identifying ourselves with some of the world’s best and most complex fictional characters. Books have the power to instill serenity into our souls, they help us evade from reality, and rejoice in the wonders of our imagination.
What we should read?
Why is reading books so important to our existence? Reading makes us better people, it widens our perceptions on life, and they’re an excellent tool to keep us entertained. Unlike watching movies, when we read a book the joy we feel when turning the pages is incomparable. Reading allows the booklover to create his own image of the plot inside his mind, and although not all people are fond of literature, there’s no doubt that reading books is a hobby that can’t be described in plain words.
The more we read, the greater our vocabulary becomes. It’s quite amazing how much information we can remember from books and how little information we retain from movies. While fiction is highly praised, life-inspired novels are a lot more interesting, eye-catching, and educational. They’re not just meant to entertain; they’re also intended to teach.
Why the classics?
They say “a good book is written from other books”, which means that all writings are actually inspired writings. This is just another way of emphasizing that writing, as well as history, is determined by the past. You have to know the past in order to understand the present and the future. Books considered to be classic are chosen as milestones for events that took place in the past and also as examples of unique stories. Books perfect intellectual exercises. When the characters presented deal with guilt as in the case of Raskolnikov, Dostoievski’s “hero” from “Crime and Punishment”, or fall deeply in love as in Stendhal’s “Le Rouge et le Noir”, the reader becomes the character.
What you can learn from books
There are many books such as the “The Old Man and the Sea” by Ernest Hemingway or Charles Dickens’s “Great Expectations” – if we think about the classic books – that teach us life lessons and adjust our sense of morality. There are countless things we learn through reading, starting from improving vocabulary and memory to becoming more knowledgeable in various fields. Books often teach us things we don’t get from life itself, at least not on time anyway. That’s why kids and students are advised to read from an early age.
Nowadays, we are surrounded by technology, meaning that we are exposed to many intellectual and merely attention grabbing devices that significantly reduce the power of linear concentration. Although it’s happening now and it’s a process we can’t stop, this doesn’t mean books should be categorized as dying endeavor. There are still many people out there who are fond of reading, and soon enough we might just realize that technology will never replace the pleasures of holding a book in your hands.
Whether we’re reading books for entertainment or for the sake of science, our brain will always thank us for allowing it to engage in a journey of discovery, stretching the borders of our inner self to accommodate new, precious knowledge. We cannot argue with the fact that very few people read books in a society packed with gadgets and new-generation gaming consoles. Nevertheless, just because social media is interfering with the way we occupy our time, this doesn’t mean we have to depend on it.
Twenty-years ago every home had a bookshelf filled with some of the world’s greatest novels. Right now, homeowners have replaced them with trendy decorations and minimalist designs. In spite of groundbreaking discoveries and never-ending technological advances, a book will always remain an item close to our hearts.