We live in a world of advanced technology. Good books are on our shelves, covered with dust. Computers, tablets, and Wikipedia have taken their place. It’s so easy for me to get on the Internet and just get a recap of a book. Then, what’s the point of reading it, if I already know how it ends. Or, even better, I can just watch a movie with all the amazing visual effects, so I can be done in two hours and get back to my usual activities.
May I suggest some ideas that advocate good books that are on our shelves, and share a few good reasons we still need them. Of course, not all books are worth reading. That is why I’m saying “good books” as opposed to any book.
- A Good Book gives you an opportunity to think, dream, and develop your imagination. A whole world of characters can open to you, and as you read their lives will be lived by you.
- A Good Book asks questions or prompts you to ask questions. I remember reading Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy in high school and college. Besides creating a beautiful story line and developing amazing characters, these writers would suddenly leave the story and for pages at a time go off about a deep life question that would make me ponder for days after. Now, everyone has their preference in the style of books they enjoy, but I believe a good book should prompt us to ask questions and seek answers to those questions, thus encouraging us to develop our own opinion.
- A Good Book will show deep character development. How much can you develop a character in a two hour movie? (Don’t get me wrong, I love movies, too)
- Speaking of movies. The other day, my husband and I watched a movie based on one of the books we have both read. The movie was done beautifully, and was pretty close to the book, so it didn’t leave us disappointed. We found, however, a couple of scenes where the director showed situations the way he saw them, in a very subjective way. Now, there is nothing wrong with that, however, it didn’t give a viewer a chance to make his/her own opinion. When reading a book we get a chance to interpret things our own way.
- A Good Book helps you practice patience. Unless you can read a book in a day, it’ll be a while before you finish the whole thing. The anticipation while waiting to see how things develop sure builds patience, especially if you love the book.
- A Good Book helps improve and maintain your speaking abilities. Whether it’s in your native or foreign language, it doesn’t matter. Reading gives you new vocabulary and helps you know how to put words in sentences, grammatically.Let us remember that there are many benefits to reading good books. I am sure I didn’t list them all. What are the benefits you find from reading a good book? Here are some more great quotes about reading: