The Art of Reading

29 Apr

Reading is not an activity reserved simply for the literary connoisseurs amongst us. As students and children most of were exposed to the likes of CS Lewis, Kipling or even Shakespeare. I remember reading the ‘Famous Five’ stories by Enid Blyton when I was young and how exciting those adventures were. 

In today’s age of internet, video games and cable television, reading seems to have lost its appeal. Tastes are changing along with the times. We are living in an Attention Age, with its influx of social media and an abundance of information. Maybe that has something to do with it. 

I came across a dismal statistic recently which stated that over 34% of people in the UK claim not to have read a single book in the previous year. Isn’t it time we change this statistic? 


Why I read books 

Unless your name is Superman and you have the ability to see around corners and through walls, we can all do with fine tuning our senses. Here’s my KPA mnemonic. 

Knowledge. It only takes reading 10-20 books on a subject until you know more on that topic than most of the population. Read 200-300 books and you’re an expert. 

Personal Growth. A book doesn’t have to be in the self-help aisle in order to give you ideas for improvement. Great works of fiction, works of biography and philosophy are full of ideas that you can’t get just from skimming an online article. 

Awareness. What’s happening in the world? Unfortunately, what we see on mainstream media these days is just shrewdly packaged news than a broad perspective on the world. You can’t change something you don’t know about. Ignorance is not bliss. 

A reflective quote on this subject: 

The difference between where you are today and where you’ll be in 5 years from now will be found in the quality of books you’ve read. (Jim Rohn) 

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One Response to “The Art of Reading”

  1. Sentinel May 17, 2010 at 4:58 pm #

    You are right. It is such a shame that we do not read as much as we aught to. In this audio-visual age we have forgotten the power of books.

    For me, the most important aspect of books is the ability to exercise your own imagination. Most of what we get outside of books today comes complete with somebody else’ interpretation and imagination dump. I say BOooooo to that!

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