Power of Books

 

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Did you even notice the power literature has? If you love reading, then you definitely have. Books allow you to immerse yourself in a past time, fantastical world, or anything the imagination can make up. They are the most underutilized resource in the world. Nothing breaks my heart more than when a child (or anyone, for that matter) says they don’t read. It is truly sad that kids today are embarrassed about reading. What is so bad about reading? Why isn’t it cool to expand your horizons?

As a child, I was shy. My outlet was reading. I could spend hours locked in my room, reading a book. It all started with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I thank J.K. Rowling for my love of literature. I didn’t know until third grade that there were these items that exposed different worlds and places, and I wound up losing myself in books. They were the main source of happiness and magic in my life (and still are). 

I am an English Education major in school right now, and every day I am more astounded by the power of books. It fascinates me that in the year 2013, I can be reading Jane Eyre and be in the mind of Charlotte Brontë. I am transported to see the life of a 19th century governess. Not many other things can do that, bring you into the mind of someone else. Yes, movies and shows allow you to watch it, but they are limited. Yes, you know when watching that Harry is hurting when he sees Ginny with Dean in the sixth Harry Potter movie, but you don’t know his specific thoughts on it or how sad he is. You get to experience the emotions and adventures in a book along with the characters, nothing else can bring that joy. 

Books have a power to change you. If you are feeling down or sad, you can read to forget your woes for a short amount of time. They are a very cheap form of therapy. I can find myself being upset or stressed, so I cuddle up with a book and a tea and time flies, and I am unaware of my issues for that time. It is so great to forget yourself for a while, and travel along with someone else for a bit. Not only can they change your mood, but they can change you as a person. I know that after reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, I had a whole different view on life and love. It reinforced the idea of life being short and fleeting for me, to make the most of things at the moment. Tons and tons of books have done this for me, and I’m sure a ton of other people too. 

Whether you already love books, or don’t, I encourage you to read. You might have just not found that one book that will change it all for you. But keep searching. Books are a powerful tool, and one of the most important things in the world. 

Jamie

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