I have read a lot of books in my life, some good and some that were just down right terrible. I am also constantly trying to get my friends, family, and significant others to be an avid reader as I in their past time, but I keep running into the proverbial “brick-wall” with some of them. In a few simple words they can knock me down, cut me open and stomp on everything I hold dear.
“I don’t read.”
Now, for kindergartners this might be true, they lack the skill to read letters and can therefore, not read. But as for a fully grown adult, you do read, it’s just a difference on subject matter. I would rather pick up the latest Toni Morrison novel, while they would pick up the latest issue of People magazine. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the youth of today’s interest lying within the glossy pages of a magazine, rather than the familiar black and white ink of a book. My problem lies when these people put down novels and novellas for being “boring.”
You just haven’t found the right book then, my friend. Every day there are a multitude of books being published and read, and even destroyed. You cannot sit in your chair and tell me that you have read all of them and have had enough time to judge them properly. There are a collection of genres to choose from, as well as hundreds of subcategories within the genres, within hundreds of thousands of authors to choose from within that category alone. Every person is unique in their interests and lives, so accordingly, there are just about as many books that you can relate to.
For Example: Have you or someone you know been affected by illegal drugs? The Crank series by Ellen Hopkins might be the book, or collection of poems, for you. Do you like thinking about a dystopian world and the morals that go along with it? The Divergent series by Veronica Roth might be for you. Or maybe you are like me, and you crave a world that doesn’t exist? Maybe The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater is just the book you were looking for. No matter what interests you, there is always a book waiting for you to open it and discover something for yourself. May that be your own problems answered, or even a seed of wisdom that you carry with you, each book has something to teach us, and by not giving them a try, you deny the essence of discovering, and the basic tools needed to empower yourself. So the next time someone suggests a book to you, give it a try. You never know when ink on a page can change your life.