Saturday, December 15, 2012

Why should I read? Isn't that for losers or old people?

Hello Readers,


I have several reviews that I'm posting in the next few days; however, that is not what prompted me to write this post. 

Today I was talking to a little kid and she looked up at me and asked, "Why should I read? My brother says reading is for old people or losers. And I don't want to be a loser."

This broke my heart because a ten year old kid just told me I was old and a loser. I'm much too young to be called old and much too old for a six year old to call me a loser. 

In all actuality, it made me sad because she wanted to know why she should read. I could tell her a million facts and statistics about why reading was important and why she should read.

In fact, I practically did tell her a million reasons why she should read and she was eventually convinced that reading is not for old people or for losers.

However, the question why do you read stuck with me and has refused to be silenced.

So I'm going to answer that question. Why do I read?

It's a very interesting question that I've actually thought about often. The answer is partly because I've always loved reading. 

Ever since I was a little girl and I discovered Nancy Drew, The Magic Treehouse, and The Castle in the Attic I was a goner.

Reading allowed me to enter different worlds, embark on adventures, and hear stories and meet people that I would never meet otherwise. It provided an escape, offered entertainment, and presented me with learning opportunities.

Reading taught me how it felt to be a small girl harboring a Jewish girl in your home, how it felt to love somebody and then lose them, how it felt to grow up in rural India, how it felt to be an abusive situation, and how it felt to discover you were a wizard.

Why do I read?

Because how could I live without reading. Melodramatic? maybe. Truth? Most definitely. 

I'm an English major and so I often hear classmates say that only the canonized literature or the classics have value. They couldn't be further from the truth.

Books have powers. A picture might be worth a thousand words, but a thousand pictures make up a novel. That's why I read.

Why do you guys read?

Love,

Danica Page

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