Do you read?

I love reading. Anything that catches my interest, I read. Even if it’s just a brochure or a flyer from a real estate company, I read it. Reading gives me additional knowledge. It also brings me to new places I’ve never been to. When reading a novel, I get to meet interesting and mysterious characters. I get to meet the author of the novel. Reading also makes my rather sluggish and boring days more interesting. It adds color to my life.

You’d probably ask why I am writing about books right now. I just read the column of Susan Ople in Tempo (Manila Bulletin’s small broadsheet). She talked about how kids these days read less than kids of yesterday. When there was no internet yet, the kids either play outside their homes or stay inside to read. I speak from experience. When I was a kid, I would raid my grandma’s library and read the novels there. I love Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, the classics, Shakespeare and Archie. I remember wishing for grandma to give me all her books. I came from a middle class family where traveling to foreign countries or to Visayas and Mindanao was not the tradition during summer and holidays. We usually stay home and I would either go play with my cousins or read. I loved (still do) reading more than the former. I might not have physically traveled to foreign countries but because of the books that I read, I got to know different states in America, Italy, England, several Asian countries and more.

Susan Ople is telling her readers to read to kids. I believe that kids are missing so much when they opt to play internet games instead of rubbing elbows with The Little Prince. They should at least get to read the classics. Do they even know Rumpelstiltskin? I remember asking a cousin of mine if he knows Shakespeare, or even Archie, and was disappointed because he doesn’t read comics at all. But when you ask him what Ragnarok and other online games are, well, he is the expert. My brother at least knows some of the classics, have been an Archie fan and have read Hardy Boys. But like other kids of his generation, he’s more into games and anime. Which is really sad, if you think about it.

Do you read to your kids? Do you even read books yourself? If you don’t, take the time to read. It will change your perspective of life. It will give your day a new meaning. It will make a difference in your kid’s life, and in yours.

*Originally posted on July 6, 2008

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  • We love to read! :) Its a good thing that in my son’s home schooling program, they don’t have reading tests. They have book reports instead. 1 book/quarter. Ok no?

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  • Hi Sasha! Thanks for the link pointing to my column entitled, “Why a book?” I loved Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, too. It’s never too late or early for anyone to develop a love for reading. They don’t have to start with Madame Bovary or War and Peace or even pretend that it’s the kind of classic fare that they prefer. A good magazine article can be just as fulfilling to read as well. I also find that reading a lot improves my writing. I do hope that your own experience and that of your other readers would help spread the word about the benefits of reading. Thanks again!

  • i love nancy drew and sweet dreams when i was younger. my sister and i have a collection of archie comics too. i try to encourage my son to read kaya everytime i go to the bookstore i buy him books. being an obedient boy, he tries to read naman, yun nga lang i can feel that he’s not that interested. i just hope mabago yun.

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  • Hi Sasha,
    I loved to read when I was young.. I do know Rumplestilskin, and other classic childrens stories.. I would definitely read to my children these classic ones as well. (one day when i have kids, that is)
    Marie

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  • When I was young, I loved reading Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys too. They still came in hard bound at that time. I still have those books with me.

    Yes, I read to my son every night. He loves hearing stories.

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  • I read to the kids when they were younger. Some of my kids are now readers and some are not. We have hundreds of books, on a variety of topics all over the house so there is lots of opportunity to find a good book.

  • Hi! My son at four likes to browse through his books but would very much prefer to play online games if given the chance.

  • My kids are 3, 8, and 10 and I read to them every single night. We get into bed about 30-45 minutes before it’s time to go to sleep, the 3 year picks a book and after that I read a few chapters from a book for the 2 older guys (we just got finished reading 4 differnt Roald Dahl books, The Twits, James and the Giant Peach, George’s Marvelous Medicine and Danny the Champion of the World, I had never read these books before and couldn’t wait to get to them each night. If I gave my older boys a choice they would play video games instead, but I don’t give them a choice, lol.

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  • Right now I am on a Terry Pratchett reading jag.
    He write Sci-Fi about Disk World. Goofy, insightful, perfect summer reading.