Cirdan’s note: Greetings. Today, we bring you a well-worded rant from our very own geekygeenerd. Enjoy, and be sure to send us an owl!
I believe in books and the power of reading.
I have loved to read ever since I learned how. I was reading chapter books in first grade, and tore through the Harry Potter series when I was nine. In fact, I once got in trouble at school for reading during class. When the teacher called me out on it, I wasn’t embarrassed as much as I was concerned that he didn’t use a bookmark. I have learned over the years that people who read more tend to know more things. For example, I was once accused of cheating because I knew the answers to many of the questions a teacher was asking from a trivia book. But all that I was using was the knowledge I had accumulated from books. The ability to read well is also important for school. Remembering knowledge acquired from books is important, because students are expected to read textbooks and novels, and some refuse because they say that they “hate reading,” which is incredibly sad to me. Reading increases knowledge. Reading can make you laugh, cry, and fall in love with fictional characters. When I read the Harry Potter series, I did all of those things. I developed emotions and feelings from printed words on the pages of books.
Some will argue that there is no need to read with today’s technologies, however, they fail to see that not everything can be absorbed by a screen. For example, encyclopedias are checked thoroughly before they are published. But websites like Wikipedia can be edited by anyone, making them unreliable. Also, studies show that people who read from books retain more information than those who read from a screen. Others think they just don’t like reading in general, but maybe that is because they have never found something they have enjoyed reading. I think this correlates with assigned books in school. I have noticed other students will start a book thinking they will hate it, and sometimes they do. One personal experience I have had with this was when my brother was assigned to read The Giver. He hated it, but I loved it, and we usually love and share the same books. I think this is due to the fact that he was forced to read it, but I chose to read it for fun.
I truly believe that reading makes you smarter. In fact, kids who were shown the television show Spongebob Squarepants had a lower IQ after doing so. What do you think would happen to those kids if they had read instead? I was never allowed to watch Spongebob as a child, so I read. Because of this, I’ve been reading at a higher level than what was expected of me since I was in second grade.
Reading is one of the most important skills one can have in life. A book can teach you and a book can make you cry. You just have to chose to read it. This I believe.
Send us an owl: What is the first book you remember reading? And/or What book or series sparked your love for reading?