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8 Reasons Why You Should Read This Article

 

Everyone tells you to read: your parents, your teachers, your friends. But have you ever wondered why? You probably think that reading is like homework; we read because we go to school or university. However, books don’t have to be about work, they can also be a way of leisure.

In this article, I will give you 8 Reasons Why reading is important. And hopefully, you will pick up an interest in reading.

 

1.Reading is important to function today:

The most basic reason to why reading is important, is so primitive and so basic that it might surprise you. Reading is important so you can get around with everyday tasks including: reading prescriptions on medicine bottles, or filling application forms. You might be thinking that this is very obvious, however there are still people in our world especially in underdeveloped countries that do not know how to read, and cannot do these simple tasks.

 

2.Expose yourself to new things:

Through reading, you expose yourself to new information, innovations, latest discoveries, celebrity news… Reading is a way to calm the inquisitive mind of the curious researcher, and it all starts by turning a page or scrolling down a screen.

3.Self-improvement:

Reading helps you become a better you. Through reading, you understand the world more and you create a structured plan towards a better future.

 

Reading helps you create a better version of yourself. When you research a certain interest, idea, or even hobby you understand yourself more and are able to follow these interests or desires to the person you want to become. Reading helps you create a plan to become future you.

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” Charles W. Elio

 

4.Improve understanding:

Reading increases the understanding of the rules of life, for you to adapt, adopt and accommodate into the society better. For example, if you learn more about sea water, you will learn more about it, and that you cannot drink it. So that the next time you go to the beach you will not drink sea water and suffer dehydration.

5.Preparation to action:

Before you act, you should seek help and guidance? Reading is the best consultant that you will find, it will guide you in your plan.  This plan can be a simple or a complex plan. For example, you can read about how to cook a meal, and you will get step by step instructions. Or you can search for how to solve your life problems. Always read à learn à do à achieve.

Reading is a starting in the process, which builds you a solid foundation for you to grow and achieve something big.

6.Gain experience from other people:

When you are reading, you are gaining the knowledge and experience of someone. It’s like a mountain of gems for you to discover in books, which contain people’s successes, failures and advice.  Through reading you will learn from other people’s mistakes, which is how humanity evolves. If we keep repeating the same mistakes we will go nowhere.

7.Tools of communication:

Through reading, you build a more solid foundation for communication. It is one of the most important tools we use every day to connect with each other. Whereas if you don’t read, you can’t even connect with the world and what people are talking about out there, including understanding what this article is all about.

8.Boosts imagination and creativity:

Reading exposes you to a whole new world, it transports you to a new realm that you create for yourself. It shows you the infinite possibilities and impossibilities of our world. By reading you are looking at the world through another point of view, you put yourself in the author’s shoes and see the world from his perspective. Reading boosts your imagination by creating links in your brain between things you already knew and things you just discovered.

So, after reading this will you change your thoughts about books and the importance of reading?

 

Five Must Read Novels and their Movie adaptations

We have all heard of famous books and their more famous movie adaptations like J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist or Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice. However, this list is about 5 of my favorite books whose movie adaptations you might not have come across.

  1. The Kite Runner- Khaled Hosseini

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First on my list is Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner that was first published in 2003. Set in Afghanistan, the book deals with the conflicts that marked the country the most, in a period fixed between the fall of the monarchy and the emergence of the Taliban regime. It tells a fictional story about family, friendship and exodus in a war torn Afghanistan. After its publication, the book became a New York Times Bestseller for two years.

In 2007, it was adapted to a movie of the same name. Directed by Marc Forster, the film received generally good reviews: it has a 66% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a 7.6 rating on IMDB and Roger Ebert from the Chicago Sun-Times gave it a 4 over 4 rating. However, even though I liked the casting, I thought that the film lacked a lot of important material that was in the book. I felt that the film failed to meet my expectations and I was somehow disappointed.

 

  1. Dangerous Liaisons-  Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

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The Second Book on my list is Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’ Dangerous Liaisons (Or Les Liaisons Dangereuses) that was first published in 1782. This epistolary novel consists of a list of letter exchanged between the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont, two French libertines who use seduction as a weapon to manipulate others. Set during the Ancien Régime, this book is believed to be the source of the saying “revenge is a dish best served cold”.

Although this novel was adapted into numerous films and plays, my favorite adaptation is the 1988 American film directed by Stephen Frears and starring John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer and Glenn Close. This film was critically acclaimed and was nominated for seven academy awards of which it won three. This film is one of my favorite adaptations, as its screenplay is perfect and the acting especially Glenn Close’s is impeccable.

 

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird- Harper Lee

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Third on my list is a classic of American literature. Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960 and it won a Pulitzer Prize. This novel deals with racial discrimination and injustice. Set during the great depression in the USA, this book tells the story of Atticus Finch, a lawyer who accepts to defend a black man accused of raping a white woman, and his two kids.

In 1962, To Kill a Mockingbird was adapted into a film by the same name. Directed by Robert Mulligan, the film was released to impressively positive reviews and wide critical acclaim. It was nominated for eight Academy awards of which it won three and it is considered to be one of the greatest American films of all time. This one is definitely a must watch. The roles as well as the storyline are perfectly adapted and if you’re a fan of the book you won’t be disappointed.

 

  1. Fahrenheit 451- Ray Bradbury

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The fourth book on my list is Ray Bradbury’s dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 first published in 1953. The plot is set in a futuristic American society where books are illegal and firemen serve to burn books. The title, Fahrenheit 451 refers to the temperature at which books catch fire.  The story is about a fireman, Guy Montag who starts to develop an interest for books after he meets a free-thinking girl named Clarisse who pushes him to question his life and actions.

In 1966, the book was adapted into a film by the same name. Directed by the famous French director Francois Truffaut, the film received mixed reviews upon its release but with time it gained more critical acclaim. Currently, it holds a rating of 81% on Rotting Tomatoes. Personally, the film was very disappointing for me. The acting was not flawless, the Art direction failed to create a credible futuristic aspect and the storyline adaptation could be better.

 

  1. Of Mice and Men- John Steinbeck

of_mice_and_men_ver2Another American literature classic, the last book on my list in Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. First published in 1937, it is also set during the great depression period. It tells the story of George and his mentally retarded friend Lennie, two ranch workers with a dream of owning a piece of land, and are constantly moving to search for job opportunities.

In 1992, the book was adapted into an American film by the same name. Directed by Gary Sinise, the film received critical acclaim and competed at the Cannes film festival where it was nominated for the Palme d’Or. This adaptation is very impressive. The acting is perfect and the art direction is remarkable and I highly recommend it.

 

Finally, I am currently reading Daniel Keyes’ Flowers for Algernon which was also adapted in 1968 into an academy award winning movie named Charly. So if you read the book or watched the movie feel free to write your review. And also if you have any comments about the list or any requests don’t hesitate to write them down in the comments.