Why read??

I hope my visitors here are readers. I am, after all, primarily a writer. But, just in case you’re not, please consider this blog post that I found on the website of one of my followers.

Written in the Stars

Any avid book reader (such as myself) will tell you that immersing yourself in a great novel brings your imagination to life and transports you to another world where all the troubles you face in reality don’t exist- it’s just you and the characters. When we read we’re improving lots of aspects of our well-being, such as growing more empathy, improving memory, cutting stress, and even just making us more positive overall. And isn’t that the most important thing in life?

Over and over again I hear people complain that reading isn’t for them because they can’t find a good book, or it’s BORING! There are millions upon millions of fantastic books out there of all genres to get lost in, and I truly believe that there is a genre out there for everyone. And by no means is reading boring! I’m going to put it out there and say…

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18 thoughts on “Why read??

    1. Biographies can be a great source of information, Lynette. I’ve read a few. My own reading is eclectic and very varied. The only books I have serious trouble with are those that are poorly written.

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        1. Ugh! Reading for work; something I rarely enjoyed. For a short period, I was involved in the legal aspect of benefit claims and some of the reading I needed to do for that was either dry as dust or alarming in its complexity! Glad I can choose my own reading these days.

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            1. Not something you do for pleasure, Lynette, reading about law, as you’ll no doubt know.
              I had to appear at tribunals, acting as ‘amicus curia’ (friend of the court), where it was my role to interpret case law for the Chair of the tirbunal (usually an experienced barrister). On one occasion I was explaining a particularly complext issue to the bench and the benefit claimant, when the claimant interrupted with a contemptuous remark about that complexity. The chairman on that occasion was the senior lecturer in law at a local university and he stopped the claimant in his tracks with this short statement: after describing his role, he said, ‘I deal with criminal law, and I can tell you that benefit law is significantly more intricate and complex than criminal law, so please listen to the explanation, which will help you understand the outcome of our decision.’
              I mentioned this to my team on my return and they all replied with similar comments – ‘About time we were recognised for what we do!’

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              1. So great that you were supported in that way, and I hope the claimant learned a little something.

                My brother was a litigation lawyer (you may be sensing a family trend here – one that I bucked 🙂 ) for many years (retired now) and I honestly don’t know how he did it, but he did seem to love it.

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                1. I have to admit, I was glad to shift roles from this one, Lynette. At the time, I was the deputy manager of the section dealing with this aspect of the department’s work, and I admit I found it onerous. I moved on to become a training officer, only to discover I’d stepped into an equally dense area where I needed to explain the newly formed relationship between Income Tax and Benefits! Such, I guess, is life.
                  I’ve never really known what you do. My guess is something in the environmental field?

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                  1. I’ve done a number of things: army, teacher, dept head and principal, commercial pilot. I now lead and manage a government flight unit. In about 17 months, retired person. 🙂 Doing this last one has been tough and the workload increased significantly during coronavirus. I love nature – hiking, taking photos, (I did a lot of canoeing and camping when I was younger), but never pursued an environmental career.

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                    1. Thanks, Lynette. Iknew about the military and the flying, but wasn’t sure how you were currently employed up there in the frozen north. Keep safe and stay well.

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      1. Absolutely. Moreover, almost all successful movies are based on a book. And when I finish the movie, I say to myself, “the book was better.” Also, nowadays, Hollywood seems to be preferring the long format to tell a story. That’s why you see TV series on Netflix, HBO, etc. where they prefer long format of storytelling.

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    1. I agree completely, Noelle. How anyone who considers themselves a writer can do so without also being a reader baffles me. And, yes, one of those wonderful moments is when a child first reads something out loud to you as a parent: magic moment.

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