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Essay By: Anne

Tags: Books, Reading

From every book invisible threads reach out to other books; and as the mind comes to use and control those threads the whole panorama of the world's life, past and present, becomes constantly more varied and interesting, while at the same time the mind's own powers of reflection and judgment are exercised and strengthened.

Submitted:Jan 6, 2010    Reads: 81    Comments: 0    Likes: 0   

"Let books be your dining table, And you shall be full of delights Let them be your mattress And you shall sleep restful nights." --------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~Anonymous~ --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Imagination, the exercise of our inner mind aided by a competent and creative author can send us on boundless adventures. A book is a window to other worlds, and offers those who will take the time to discover it, unending pleasure. A writer paints a glorious picture using language as a paintbrush. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- A book is an intimate conversation in a multi-dimensional code - language - between a writer and a reader, and every conversation is different. The reader re-creates in his mind the writer's story, providing the look and feel of people and places, the emotional weight of events, the quality of the voices, the tempo and meaning of each exchange of dialog or activity. The reader's mind becomes the theater in which a writer's play of words is mounted as a very individual performance according to the furnishings of the reader's mind. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- "From every book invisible threads reach out to other books; and as the mind comes to use and control those threads the whole panorama of the world's life, past and present, becomes constantly more varied and interesting, while at the same time the mind's own powers of reflection and judgment are exercised and strengthened." ~Helen E. Haines~ --------------------------------------------------------------------------- The reading I have liked has helped me to make sense of the human condition. From my childhood to today, my love of reading has shaped who I am, what I believe and how I see the world, both up close and far away. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Due to an accident of nature, nurture, or both, I have always had an aptitude for reading. It is easy for me to become submersed in a book, a habit evident in audio recordings from my childhood. There I am, reading and rereading. I was inseparable from my chosen book-of-the-moment.. From Enid Blyton's "The Naughtiest Girl" and L.M.Montgomery's "Anne of Green Gables" to the ground breaking success, "Harry Potter", I had friends from every aspect of life. Because I could get through a book with such speed, I never hesitated to re-read my favorites, searching again for the characters and friends, even the mood, held in a particular book. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- The art of reading, an introspective and imaginative activity, has understandably provided hours of enjoyable escape. However, I have also learned much about the real and pragmatic world outside my immediate realm. Reading enables me to learn about so many things that I would otherwise not know. I learned about how people lived in bygone days of magic and mystery. I learned about the wonders of the world, space travel, human achievements, gigantic whales, tiny viruses and other fascinating things of our world. The wonderful thing about reading is that I do not have to learn things the hard way. For example, I do not have to catch a disease to know that it can kill me. I know the danger so I can avoid it. Also I do not have to go deep into the jungle to learn about the tiger. I can read all about it in a book. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Books provide the reader with so much information and facts. Reading books has many benefits both mentally and morally. Firstly, my mind will be active and engaged into old age, and reading helps me forget the problems in my life, and gets me captivated by the adventures of someone else and reading has benefits that can help with everyday activities. With more reading come better reading skills, thus allowing easier comprehension of instructions on how to build something or warnings on chemicals. Reading is a fun and great way to leave the stresses of your life and just unwind. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Reading has certainly helped me in my daily life- rather it has changed the whole pattern of my life. I am better equipped to cope with living. Now, I believe in the absolute and unlimited liberty of reading. I believe in wandering through the stacks and picking out the first thing that strikes me. I believe in choosing books based on the dust jacket. I believe in reading books because others dislike them or find them dangerous. I believe in choosing the hardest book imaginable. I believe in reading up on what others have to say about this difficult book, and then making up my own mind. I have the opportunity to lay my own interpretation to the vision, widening the scope of the author's original intention. It's quite therapeutic and offers an intimate moment with another's mind; one that can only be met with on the written page. There is nothing more relaxing, while at the same time exhilarating, than losing oneself in the pages of a good book. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- "To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you, and hold intimate converse with men of unseen generations - such is a pleasure beyond compare." ~Kenko Yoshida~ --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Reading builds vocabulary skills and improves brain functions, because I, as a reader, must make judgments about the vivid descriptions of scenes and actions that authors have written and then, utilize my imaginations to recreate the words in my mind, the way the authors intended them to be translated by the readers. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- The more extensively I use my thought processes, the more rapidly that information is transmitted by neurotransmitters in the brain. The process of increasing the speed of transmitting or synapsing messages in my brain, inevitably, has improved my intellectual, creative, and cognitive functions. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- I am a university student and remain quite busy in the tiring day to day routine; however I still manage to find time for outside reading, as my voracious reading habits are now fixed and difficult to change. I consume from a wide-variety of sources in order to remain grounded in the creative life of the mind. I read novels, I read newspapers and magazines, and I read for enjoyment, both fiction and non-fiction. In truth I read so much simply out of necessity. I am the type of addicted reader where just finding the printed word, be it on a pill container or cereal box, provides relief and pleasure. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- My reading in childhood sparked a creative process and developed an internal dialog that continues to this day. Even when I am not reading, books and the characters in them have shaped my thoughts and actions. Without the example of The Naughtiest Girl, I would not have thought to express my dream of establishing my own boarding school in a direct way. Without reading "The Golden Diary of Marie Antoinette'', as a teenager, I might never have developed an interest in history. It was my escapist love of reading that brought me outside myself, out to face the world unfolding around me. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- "Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity." ~Hermann Hesse~ --------------------------------------------------------------------------- So I continue to read. Besides being more informed about the world, I also spend my time profitably. It is indeed a good hobby. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- "It is a no man's world, where words travel and time flies…" ---------------------------------------------------------------------------


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