The Reason I Read Is To Learn From Others

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
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Submitted: June 01, 2016

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Submitted: June 01, 2016



The reason I read is to learn from others. To learn what they want or have to say. I enjoy getting to know the characters and understand the mind of the author and the story they are telling me. The first thing I do when I begin to read my Chapter 1 is smile as I fall into the paragraph and then learn even more as I read into the next paragraph and then the next.

By the time I reach the end of my Chapter 1, I am filled with something. Maybe it's excitement, eagerness, sadness, terror or some sort of fear, whatever it is, I need to know more, so turning over into Chapter 2 should be no problem, no trouble at all, because now I'm involved in some sort of situation. What happens when I feel nothing?

If I feel nothing, I struggle to move forward and onwards. Chapter 2 becomes dull and difficult to imagine. My mind becomes like a SatNav when it suggests you driving in a particular direction and you choose another one instead. It re-evaluates the route and follows yours. In that sense, my mind re-evaluates from the enjoyment of reading to guilt reading. I now have to study the book because I still have to learn from it; why and how it could have been published in the first place - forgetting of course that so many others think it's great and fantastic and I'm the only one that doesn't, just because it no longer appeals to me.

It's interesting when what I think is a good book turns out to be a bad one. I get mad at myself. But then, what's wrong with a bad book and what can I actually learn from it? Lots. I have to concentrate more and look at how the writing works. This type of reading becomes study reading. It took me some time to re-evaluate my brain - to discipline it - into doing this. When I first started, I would abandon a boring book, and feel ashamed at not have read it whole. An author quoted that writers read bad books as well.

How?  I wondered. It's difficult to read a bad book, but if you study it and promise to donate it to your local library when finished, it doesn't feel as bad. And guess what? You never have to read that boring book ever again.

I only have one book shelf living in my room. So that means I can only fit a certain amount of books inside it. The best ones, of course, win and the not so good ones loose - even if they are still good but not as good as I'd like. The losers have to be donated to either charity shops or libraries as I can't bin them even if I dislike them (unless the condition is so terrible, and the bin happens to  be the only option). Because in the end even bad, boring books belong to writers who have worked extremely hard to publish their work and get it out there to those readers that do actually like them. They deserve that kind of credit.

Most importantly, readers can learn all about characterization, spelling and grammar and other subjects that authors have detailed in their books. Take Lee Harper's To Kill A Mockingbird. It's about the injustice of what happened to a black man who is wrongly accused of raping a white girl because of skin colour. The Mockingbird was the innocent black man condemned by the whites as a scapegoat to a white dysfunctional family told by Scout as her father, Atticus defends him despite knowing he'll lose.


Thank you for reading.

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