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Why do I read ?

Updated on May 26, 2016

What is reading?

Reading is a complex cognitive process of decoding symbols in order to construct or derive meaning. Because reading is such a complex process, it cannot be controlled or restricted to one or two interpretations. There are no concrete laws in reading, but rather allows readers an escape to produce their own products introspectively.

The history of “reading”

The history of reading dates back to the invention of writing during the 4th millennium BC. Although reading print text is now an important way for the general population to access information. However, Scholars assume that reading aloud was the more common practice in antiquity, and that reading silently was unusual and I don’t know how valid this case is but I was really surprised when I firstly read it. During the Age of Enlightenment, elite individuals promoted passive reading, rather than creative interpretation. Reading has no concrete laws, but rather allows readers an escape to produce their own products introspectively, promoting deep exploration of texts during interpretation.

A library.
A library.

What is a library?

A library is a collection of sources of information and similar resources, made accessible to a defined community for reference or borrowing. It provides physical or digital access to material, and may be a physical building or room, or a virtual space, or both. A library's collection can include books, periodicals, newspapers, manuscripts, films, maps, prints, documents,cassettes,videotapes, DVDs, Blu-ray Discs, e-books, audio books, databases, and other formats. Libraries range in size from a few shelves of books to several million items.

A library is organized for use and maintained by a public body, an institution, a corporation, or a private individual. Libraries often provide public facilities for access to their electronic resources and the Internet. Modern libraries are increasingly being redefined as places to get unrestricted access to information in many formats and from many sources.

Kansas public library. I wish I could visit it one day.
Kansas public library. I wish I could visit it one day.
The University of Reading.
The University of Reading.

Have you heard of “The University of Reading”?

The University of Reading is a public university located in Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom. It was established in 1892 as University College, Reading and received its Royal Charter in 1926 from King George V. It was the only university to receive its charter between the two world wars and is therefore a red brick university.Reading University maintains four museums, a main campus library, a range of inter-departmental libraries, and a botanical garden. Also, the university-wide Graduate School is a Faculty providing training and a range of support for doctoral researchers and related staff across the other four Faculties.

My reaction whenever I heard one of the above weird questions.
My reaction whenever I heard one of the above weird questions.

Weird questions :$

Are you reading?

Why do you love reading so much?

Are you going to the bookstore? AGAIN!

Why do you spend all of your money in buying books?

I frequently hear a lot of these questions by people around me. Since I was a little girl I loved reading. It was like a chemical connection between me and books, something that is out of my control. I first started to read book that we own in our house that mostly talk about religion and history. Although I didn't understand all the topics, but I found a joy by reading them. Then I started to buy my own books at the age of 12.

My mother language is Arabic, so all my books at the beginning were written in Arabic (Are you an Arab! So you are a terrorist! No I am not, I am just a bookworm :D). After few years I started to read in English; started with short stories and ended up studying English Language and Literature. Now it became such a pleasure to read in English Language. Also, reading in English really helped me to acquire multi of new words.

Why do I read?  Not just for those reasons, There are plenty of other reasons. READ BELOW.
Why do I read? Not just for those reasons, There are plenty of other reasons. READ BELOW.

So why do I read?

First of all I read for knowledge.

Everything you read fills your head with new information, and you never know when you might use them but for sure you will benefit someday from them.

Second, I read for stress reduction.

No matter how much stress you have at work or in your personal life, it all just slips away when you lose yourself in a great book. A well-written book can transport you to other realms.

Third, I read for Better Writing Skills.

Well-written work has a noted effect on one’s own writing, as observing the cadence, fluidity, and writing styles of other authors will invariably influence your own work.so do writers learn how to craft prose by reading the works of others.

Fourth, I read for elegance talking.

Reading is the most painless way to improve your vocabulary and spelling. You will be able to know which words that exist most while talking. You would be able to correct someone else’s words and grammar immediately.

Fifth, I read to be as smart as possible.

Once my friend said to me you don’t make yourself smart you just be smart naturally without effort. And I disagree with her of course because the more you read, the more information you’ll get the more knowledge you’ll have, the more smart you’ll be.

Sixth, reading Improves Your Imagination.

You are only limited by what you can imagine, and the worlds described in books, as well as other people’s views and opinions, will help you expand your understanding of what is possible. By reading a written description of an event or a place, your mind is responsible for creating that image in your head, instead of having the image placed in front of you when you watch television.

Benefits of reading. A video that you should watch.

Remember !

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”

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© 2016 Rola Maher Abboud

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