Ben on: reading


I feel that it is important that everyone should read. Not just young children, though it is especially important for them. Adults need to read more, as well as children.

These days, however, everyone is reading in different ways, Ebooks and websites such as Wattpad, which allows you to write a whole book for the whole internet to enjoy. But kids these days see reading as a chore, being made to do it, and would much rather play video games or something like that. I, to an extent, am guilty of this not reading nearly as much as I did at my brother’s age when I didn’t own a computer. But I guess that shows how much has changed since I was a little boy.

When I was younger, I used to go to bed at 8:30pm and read a book or comic for a few minutes before sleeping, I had a large collection of books (still do!, but more variety) at that age, and that has helped me be a better speaker and speller in my latter years of primary school and first 2 years of high school. I feel that it will help children communicate more fluently, as well as use better spelling.

Adults should also read more. Not only is it hypocritical that parents tell their kids to read when they don’t, they’re also setting a bad example, parents who cannot be bothered to read a book, have generally less enthusiastic children when it comes to reading. Just read a book or a newspaper in front of your child for crying out loud, it’s not that you don’t need to, you just can’t be bothered.

So, today I bought a new book, the first proper book (not a graphic novel) I’ve bought in ages. And one of the few fictional books I own. Not that I think fiction is bad, I’m just less into it. The book I bought was ‘The fault in our stars’ by John Green. Why? Well the main rule of books today is to never judge a book by its movie. I want to read a book before I see the film because I will feel more invested in it. My advice to you is, if you like or dislike any film, read the book/books it’s based on, you may enjoy it more or less but books need to be read. They are the best part of our society, one of our first sources of knowledge, and the only source which isn’t electronic. Books are our society, and if we read more, we would all be more civilised.

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Since 2012, Benjamin Attwood has written for the If you Ask Ben blog.

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