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Feed Your Brain

I was having a conversation about the movie adaptation of The Help by Kathryn Stockett and someone said, “You like actually read? Why?” I was totally flabbergasted and was unable to respond due to shock.  Soon enough, I recovered and launched an intellectual beat down on this guy about the satisfaction you get from reading.

I could recap the entire debate but while I was passionate in my defense I could never write a adequate response that would encompass all of my thoughts and beliefs on this subject. Oddly enough two days later, when I was taking a break from reading The Paris Review I stumbled upon a article written over two years ago posted on one of the blogs I follow  that was basically all that I said on why people read just condensed and eloquently put together.
The article  was written by Ali Luke  over two years ago focusing on reading and the numerous reasons on why we read.  I decided to post the link and share this short but great article by her here. http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/why-you-should-read-books-how-to-find-time/

She couldn’t have said it any better! I totally agree with her on all points!  I just wish she would have expanded it a bit, but the point was made. The article was posted on the blogging site Pick the Brain one of the leading self-improvement websites on the internet. I will admit to following this website for a few years. In fact, I stumbled upon this website in the beginning of 2007 when it was just getting off the ground.  This website is extremely positive and has a wide range of topics covered by professionals, students, and anyone that wants to share their thoughts and what works for them. However, most of their focus can be broken down to fitting into motivation, self-education, and philosophy.

Some people read to educate themselves, others want to be informed of current events, and some even read just because it's fashionable. For example, the popular HBO show Game of Thrones is based off the novels by George R.R. Martin and there is a waiting list a mile long at any library to read these books now that there has been a visual adaptation, even though the books have been out for years.

Every time I pick up a book, I am taken to a new world and I meet new people. I am always on the lookout to gain a new experience through a book. I love being challenged and to read something out of my normal, everyday, life, influences me in a way that I cannot fully describe. There is so much out there to read, regardless of what format it is, (E-book, trade, or regular print) that I will forever be reading, and I know that I will never get to all I want to read, but I hope to always have something worth reading.

What are your thoughts? Why do you read and what do you think of the article? And can you recommend anything for me to read?



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Nov. 3rd, 2011 01:54 am (UTC)
I don’t bookmark sites but i will bookmark this! LOL!

Nov. 5th, 2011 03:27 am (UTC)
Glad I could be of service!! I definitley would recommend those two sites mentioned above! Thanks for reading!
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