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“Reading is like a sport. The more you practice, the better you'll get” - Nita Lyda (Photograph by Rachel Etwaru)

“Reading is like a sport. The more you practice, the better you'll get” - Nita Lyda (Photograph by Rachel Etwaru)

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Reading is an activity that both students and adults seem to participate less in as the years go on. Many people have negative thoughts, when they think of reading. They may overlook the importance and benefits of reading. Reading is sometimes viewed as something that is not essential, just work that people have to do for school. Many students only read novels that are required for a grade or to do an assignment.

“Reading is not that important because it is much easier to learn visually through videos than through books. Reading consumes more time than listening to someone speak. It is difficult to understand the tone when a voice is not heard. Some things are better said than reading,” says junior Chad Lowe.

Most students do not realize that reading is a highly beneficial activity. One benefit is vocabulary expansion. The more you read, the more words you add to your everyday vocabulary. Additionally, reading helps improve your writing. Readers are exposed to the cadence, fluidity, and style of authors, which, in turn, influences their own written work. Depending on what type of book you are reading, you can also develop stronger analytical thinking skills. These are just a few of the many benefits, all of which help us in our everyday lives.

“I believe reading is one of the most important things a person can do to remain informed on what matters in the world and in his or her personal life. Reading not only educates a person, it also allows us to develop empathy for others by experiencing life through the perspectives of another. Reading lets us become someone else in another place and time. For example, when Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird says, ‘You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…Until you climb into his skin and walk around in it,’ he means see through the eyes of others. That view from another perspective can come from reading,” says Master Teacher Nita Lyda.

Many people have not found a book that excites and intrigues them. They do not understand why readers get so excited about a book that they want to read, are reading, or have read multiple times.

“I think reading is just a waste of time. If I found a book that is good enough, then yes, I [would] change my thoughts about reading, but it would have to be a really good book,” says junior Alejandro Escobar.

Once they find that genre, series, or book, non-readers will realize that reading offers so much. They will realize that reading brings them into a world of knowledge and imagination. Every time you read, new pieces of information enter your brain. The more knowledge you have, the more prepared you are for challenges. Your imagination works alongside your knowledge to help you through the challenges in life.

“The benefits of reading books are that they expand your imagination and deepen your understanding of how the world/society works. I absolutely love to read because it is an escape from reality. Fantasy and science fiction books are my favorite because they are thrilling and so different from the world we live in,” says junior Chanel Teplik.

Reading offers a way to reduce stress and bring tranquility. The world and your struggles seem to disappear and you become immersed in the details of the story. The moment you realize these things is the moment you realize you love to read. It stops being a burden, a grade, or an assignment and it becomes a daily activity and something you always look forward to.

“I like to read because it draws me in and it catches my attention. It also lets me escape the real world. I like to read Maximum Ride by James Patterson. It is a fantasy world that really draws me in and lets me to continue reading. It is unrealistic, but it is amazing,” says senior Jewel Wallace.

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