Is reading becoming a lost art? Should we read? Why do we read? How do we read? In our increasingly complicated technological society, it’s imperative to read. We’re bombarded with words at every turn, tweet, Facebook post and blog entry. What has become a lost art is reading for pleasure.
For many, reading has the same effect as pet ownership: a feeling of relaxation, lowering of blood pressure, engagement of the mind. These are positive outcomes, yet fewer and fewer people take the time to employ them.
Reading is a journey and we don’t have to leave the depths of our most comfortable chair. At a time of year when we’re least likely to spend time outdoors, take some time to curl up with a book, eReader, or magazine and let yourself be swept away. Let yourself wander through a setting that’s totally new to you, let yourself learn about another culture or way of life, let yourself relax and laugh.
There are books to satisfy every reader, from serious to silly. Revisit some of the classics: Chaucer, Milton, Hemingway, Welty, Camus, Michener. Read some of today’s popular fiction: Grisham, King, Morrell, PD James. Delve into recent non-fiction: Hillenbrand, Larson, McCullough. Read children’s books from your past and then check out those of the present. Thumb through displays of photographers and artists and treat your senses to collections of poetry. Whether you savor or devour a book, just choose one and let it work its magic. Your mind and imagination will thank you.