“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” – Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird.
We all have our own stories of how we became readers, whether you were introduced to reading as a child, or came to it of your own free will. The most important thing is that you found books, or did they find you? I have always felt a need to read and have always been surrounded by books. I was always read to as a child, and I can still remember the first book I bought with my own money, Roald Dahl’s The Witches. It was not just the ability to disappear into other lands, and to partake in adventures, but something far more intrinsic to my general being. I always have a book on the go and I always have anthologies of poems around me, so that I can pick something up and put it down whenever I feel like it. My first poetry book was bought for me at the age of six which I cherished then and still have today! Reading for me has been as necessary as breathing (maybe a little melodramatic but that’s how it feels). I have found as I’ve got older that reading relaxes me when I’m stressed, comforts me when I’m sad, and helps me escape when I feel hemmed in by the world. I always feel better after reading even if I’m already in a good mood. Now it seems people are discovering just how good reading is for you, both physically and emotionally. Have a look at these interesting links which shows the importance of reading on memory, the brain and health. As well as studies that show reading helps to build empathy.
As English students you’ll already know that reading is good for you and you’ll already be reaping the rewards but it’s just nice to see it authenticated occasionally.
Lynne & T.E.A.