Why I Like (no, LOVE) to Read

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       In a person’s lifetime, I believe that there will be many loves…many passions you want to pursue and I think there is nothing wrong with that- wanting many things. As I contemplate on this, I think about the many things I love and those I really want to pursue. One of mine would be reading.

     Well I don’t think there is a profession that would entail reading alone. I love reading. As in LOVE. I could read books up until 3 AM, sleep, wake up at about nine in the morning, then read the whole day out. It is actually relaxing for me. Also, when I read, I imagine myself in that moment, in that page. What would I do? What could I have done? I would even argue with the characters. But reading for me does not end with books. I read anything from magazines to brochures and even to product labels. I read billboards and postage stamps and plaques and certificates. As a child, I was not allowed to go out and play with other kids in our neighborhood. I was the only child at that time and was very sickly, My mom would tell me stories of being rushed to the hospital every month. So naturally, they had to give me something to do to pass time (you know kids). Aside from showering me with all kinds of toys a girl that age would want, they bought me books to read.

      I can’t remember ever hating reading. Assignments given in school which entail reading are a joy to me. I learned to read early because of my early exposure. I love how reading enlightens me to pools of knowledge and wisdom. Maybe another thing that brought me to this is my curiosity. i think that a healthy amount of curiosity is good for everyone. A person does not only learn and seek because of sheer physical need but also of curiosity. And learning new things is always fun, if you see how it will bring good. It has always been said that reading is very healthy for a person. Even the richest and the smartest read. it comes with the realization that a person can never know it all. Reading is a part of that constant search for truth and knowledge. The mysteries of life itself may not be unfolded in front of you, but the knowledge you gain in that quest is greatly useful to man. People read for many reasons, but it always boils down to man’s search for the truth. Even reading personal views of other people help us go through life. Experience really is the best teacher, whether it is yours or not.

    Technology has brought drastic changes to how people read nowadays. I don’t think books are obsolete, but with the presence of the computer and other gadgets (like the IPAD), it makes reading accessible to everyone. The internet is a universe of knowledge, good and bad. And reading an immense amount of  information at such a free medium can be a lot to handle so discernment is also key. Reading humbles you. It keeps you grounded that you still have much to learn and want to read more. Reading one book creates a cycle, a quest.

     Well, reading is an adventure. You go places and meet people. You reflect and discover things about yourself. It’s those moments when I find myself smiling that I find precious. I can’t save those moments, but those things I read, maybe realized and made me smile will stay.

     Maybe to some people, it is a bore, but the next time you read a street sign, know that you read something that could have just saved your life. Reading is a very worthwhile activity that I think everyone should engage in, so let’s read a lot more shall we?

 

P.S. This piece was an old one from my notebook years ago. I saw it and felt like sharing it. I hope anyone who reads it will like it and will let me know what they think.

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Do You Re-read?

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I was waiting for a download to finish when a thought struck me about a post I read about a few days ago. It was when I was looking around the internet for new blogs I could obsess over that I found a post from a book blogger about re-reading books. In that post the writer said that she does not re-read books for personal reasons she might have explained thoroughly but being the attentive person that I am I totally forgot what they were. Anyways, do any of you re-read books? I’ll let you in on a little secret. I DO. To be quite honest, I thought everybody did it as well, but apparently, that’s not the case. I love to read and it’s something I have said over and over and I am probably becoming so boring because I keep repeating it. So for me, it came naturally that the books I own, I have read them at least twice.

I know. Books stay the same whether you just got them or you’ve owned them for 76 years. The words don’t change, the characters are the same, and the story ends the exact same way it did when you first read it. Despite this, there are books that I have read for God know how many times (To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, I’m talking about you). But come on, don’t you ever feel like there has to be more than what you just read? Or didn’t you ever wonder if you will realize something else if you read it just one more time? Or stupid as it may seem but maybe things might change a bit? Or maybe you just liked the book so much you just had to read it again?

There are things about some stories that you get as immediately as you read them. But then, and I know some will agree, there are things that you only understand when you are in a situation where it perfectly makes sense. There are those things so perfectly worded that explains exactly how you feel about something, but you just couldn’t find the right words for it. Then you smile and think, “Yup, I thought so too.” I am writing this and all I could think about is the court scene in Mockingbird. This was one of those things which I had to see more of the world to fully understand what any of it meant. Or for that matter, what the whole story really meant to me. I can say I’ve had good experiences in re-reading books. Like realizing new things, picking up new lessons on the way, and seeing stories in different perspectives.  It sometimes surprises me at how different I can feel about something I’ve already read. But then at the end of the day, I always enjoy the journey, of flipping through the pages, and getting excited all over again when I know what’s gonna happen anyway. And besides, what are you gonna do with that pile of books sitting around right? Might as well give them some love!

I like revisiting things. I am cheesy like that.

-yhan-