"Not every reader is a leader but every leader should be a reader,” said Harry Truman. Today, ‘time constraints’ and ‘lack of interest’ have led to people reading less. Besides, there are so many distractions these days – like the internet and television, and computer games. But remember, while reading, a person can be a king, an adventurer, a princess, or a detective. The possibilities are endless.
Well, start with whatever interests you – magazines, newspapers, detective stories, thrillers or self-help books. You could borrow books from friends, or visit bookstores and browse for books that interest you. Try and make the entire experience pleasurable – by reading books in the lap of nature, or in your comfortable rocking chair with your favourite drink. Gradually, set a time to read every day. Reading a good book can be very satisfying, and also enriches your personality.
Reading helps children [and adults] focus on what someone else is communicating. Books, magazines—and even the Internet—are great learning tools. They educate you on any subject you are interested in. We live in an age that has an overflow of information; reading is a good way to take advantage of it.
The mind is a muscle that needs constant exercise. Understanding the written word is one way that the mind grows in its ability. The habit of reading will also help you in developing language skills. It also helps in your learning to listen; everybody wants to talk, but few can listen well. As students learn to sound out letters and words, spelling comes easier. Also, reading helps to expand the vocabulary. New words are stored in your mind, for later use. Seeing how words are used in different contexts can give a better understanding of word usage and definitions, than the cold facts of a dictionary.
Of course, the type of books you read generally depends on your attitude and personality. Reading as a habit nurtures a wholesome sense of well-being. Reading is fundamental in developing a good self-image. Non-readers, or poor readers, often have low opinions of themselves – and their abilities.
Not all educated people are book lovers, nor do they develop a reading habit; it has to be either cultivated, or is inherent in an individual.
Once you develop an interest in books and reading, most certainly you would never be bored in life. In fact, most book lovers look forward to solitude, so that they can lose themselves in the magical world of books.