July 16, 2012

Why Read?

Found this on Joan Bauer's site:  

Why do I read?
I just can't help myself.
I read to learn and to grow, to laugh and to be motivated.
I read to understand things I've never been exposed to.
I read when I'm crabby, when I've just said monumentally dumb
things to the people I love.

To read the rest click here!

Why do I read? How could I not? It's the best way to learn about other people, places, experiences. It's the only way I might ever get to Paris or New York. It's the best way to sink into someone else's mind and understand where their ideas and attitudes come from. How else can I learn all the things I want to learn? How else can I learn things that I didn't even know that I needed to learn? Reading is the best way to understand our humanity, our history, ourselves. 

42% of college graduates will never read another book after they are done with school. That is immeasurably sad to me. If only they knew what they were missing.

1 comment:

  1. That statistics about collage graduates is shocking! This is especially disturbing in light of the fact that so many people watch so much television. I think reading, as opposed to doing "easier" things is like cooking a meal from scratch with real ingredients as opposed to heating something out of a box. It takes more time and effort, yet in the end, it is usually well worth it.

    I also read for many of the same reasons that you do!