Reading is to mind while exercise is to the body. "A man may as well expect to grow stronger by always eating as wiser by always reading."
But why do we really need to read? "Reading sweeps the cobwebs away." What does this means? "Reading enhances thinking. It stretches and strains our mental muscles. It hits our narrow, delicate, intolerant views with new ideas and strong facts. It stimulates growing up instead of growing old.
In other words, reading develops us. It scratches those itches down deep inside. It takes us through virgin territory we would not otherwise discover.
There are three classifications of reader: simple reader, gentle reader and intelligent reader.
The Simple reader is an ordinary book consumer who read to make use of his spare time. Without any definite purpose, more often than not he does not read a book the second time.
The Gentle reader, who wants to grow and who turns to books as a means of purifying his tastes depends his feelings, broadening his sympathies and enhancing his joy in life. He reads not from a constraint of fashion of learning, but from a thirst of pleasure. Such enjoyment re-establish the heart and quickens it, makes it stronger to endure the ills of life and more fertile in all good fruits of courage, love and cheerfulness.
The Intelligent reader is the particular type of reader whose aim in reading is to obtain better acquaintance with facts. His greatest desire is to learn about things and he treasures books because of the accuracy of information they contain.
To become a good reader, here are some pointers.
- Maintain a healthful routine. This means that to read at your best, you must be in good physical condition. Most of us read only when we are stranded in an island or when we. are confined in the hospital.
- When reading avoid unnecessary distractions. Some people we know have trained themselves to read in noisy surroundings. Most persons, however, find it easier to read in a disturbing sights and sounds.
- Have a clear objective for your reading. Why do you read? And why do you read that kind of book? When you turn the printed page, you should have a clear purpose for reading in mind. Just saying the word's silently while your mind is elsewhere, or when you have no goal for your reading, is a waste of time.
- Get into the habit of reading widely. You can improve your reading ability only by reading abundantly. Get into the habit of reading a great deal. You may start with light materials - with a popular magazine, a daily newspaper, or a book of easy short stories.
Find time to discover the richness of reading. Reading can make you rich in mind and soul. Try reading, you'll enjoy it!