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Old 03-30-2018, 05:10 AM   #46
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Why do I read?

I can't help myself. It is in my DNA. Literally.

I come from a home with piano, bokkshelves and light literature in the form of Reader's Digest readily available for browsing in the "rest" room.

Also, I enjoy retiring at night, taking my book with me to bed. It is wonderfully relaxing to read for an hour or so, before going to sleep.

I like to read about ideas, history, people, fiction, and it is because I read the books that I find interesting, that I read. I have found that attempting to read a book I find boring or annoying, has the effect of stopping me reading.

One of my relatives is a librarian and has tried suggesting to me, books that I should read. As soon as other people start acting like curators, or when I see lists of books everyone should read, I think that people like that are probably responsible for creating a lot of non-readers, because imo, for someone to pick up reading, and making it a lifelong habit, it is essential, that that person reads books that are interesting to him or her, not what some "scholars" or professional readers think we ought to read.
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Old 03-30-2018, 06:54 AM   #47
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She came home at the weekends and during holidays and would tell me the Narnia stories from memory. She bought me Enid Blyton books - the Mystery series - which I loved and devoured. That began my love of reading. I still sometimes dip into Blyton, to remind me of that first love.
I have reread the Mystery books many times, and they are clever stories. They're slightly better than Famous Five. Goon is one of my favorite antagonist characters in fiction. I can't believe how few people read this series. Books like Percy Jackson have replaced Enid Blyton.
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