Friday, April 27, 2007

reading is reading

I've been reading a lot lately, being bored at work and all, and today I got to thinking about reading in general. I don't do it enough as I'd like to. When summer comes, and I'm not taking classes, I read whatever I can get my hands on. I get so excited to be able to read something that's not a textbook, that I go all out and start stocking up on books and making reading lists. Today I finished reading A Million Little Pieces by James Frey, which I liked very much, but I couldn't help but be curious about all the controversy about the story being very embellished and Frey being "the man who conned Oprah." That brought me to thinking about all the commotion made about kids reading books like Harry Potter and all the religious fanatics getting their panties in a bunch of The Da Vinci Code. Here's my point: If people are reading, does it really matter what they're reading? At least they're reading! I wouldn't be concerned if a child of mine was reading a Harry Potter book, considering it's fiction, because I would just be happy he or she is doing something other than playing video games or getting in trouble. Reading keeps your mind sharp; it makes you think, it improves your writing, and it improves your vocabulary! Why are some people so against reading? It makes me so frustrated to look a someone's profile whose response to "favorite books" is, "Book? What's that?" or, "I don't read." It doesn't make you cool to not read, specially if you're in college or you want to pretend you have an education. It really makes you look quite stupid. Sure, most of us don't have time to sit around a read books all the time, but I'm sure most of us have a book we have liked at some point in time, or would even like to pick up another one. Hell, read the newspaper, pick up a magazine, read a cereal box...Just read something. It's nothing to be ashamed of.

I don't know what made me go off on this tangent, but it's something I think about every now and then, so I figured I should let it out sooner or later, and what better place to do it than on my very own blog? Okay, I feel better now.

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