Time Well Spent With A Book

Quixotical wrote a wonderful post today about the lack of reading in the world today and I wanted to take the time to reflect on it.

Reading is something that I need in life. I need a fictional book to always be sitting next to my bed. Fiction offers an experience that nothing else can offer…imagination, release, escape. It’s an experience that’s in a league of it’s own. You can get lost in a book. Any other entertainment medium may be entertaining, but the experience is forced upon you. A movie is experienced how the director decides it will be. TV is TV and tends to be ridiculous reality shows these days aside from the rare gems like Heroes *grin*. Music is a little different. People take music as a unique experience, but even that is not as customizable as a book.

The world seems to grow more and more fast paced and electronic every day. Everything is moving to more information all the time. I-Pods, Internet, TV, DVDs, CDs, Cell Phones, Laptops, etc, etc, etc,….everything is so instant, so busy, and everyone is so easily accessible. This also leads to schedule crowding. There’s no time to do anything with all of these gadgets. Work, eat, play on the internet, and watch tv, and it’s time to go to bed. I’m certainly not suggesting that I’m not guilty of obsessing over gadgets and the internet. I love both. But I like to still take the time to curl up with a book.

Books are an entertainment genre that have survived for countless years. They offer a unique experience to each reader. I’m thinking of all the varied reviews that have come in for Neil Gaiman’s Stardust for the Once Upon A Time Challenge. Everyone takes something different from the same book. I think it’s so important for everyone to set aside a specified amount of time each day to just sit or lay down and read. Even if it’s only 10 minutes. Give your brain the exercise. Escape from the real world for a little while and enter the world of Faerie, or enter a crime scene, or enter a jungle in Africa, a winter in July, a world that you know nothing about. Find a way to fall into a story and let go of the day’s worries. You’ll find it works wonders.

As Quix said in her post, I’m shocked when I walk into someone’s house and can’t find any books. I just can’t understand people not reading. I hear people say that they don’t have the time, and I can understand that. But if you seriously don’t have 10 minutes to put aside each day to read, then maybe there’s something else that needs to be addressed. You’re not being fair to yourself. Your body needs that time to relax and escape.

So I say with all this reading talk going on in blog land, we should make this “make people read month” :p What do you say? I’ll get to work on my sister. Everyone should be able to spare 10 minutes. I’ll have alot of time to spare now that I’m DONE SCHOOL AND MY INTERNSHIP!!!