I wasn’t going to post this.
I seriously wasn’t. But then I realised that there are ever so many people out there who have no idea that the book they hold in their hand is magic. Something that can take to places far and away, over the seven seas, into different worlds and when they don’t make use of it properly…honestly, I don’t know quite what to do. You can act as surprised as you want – in fact, here’s one of my friends expression when I showed her this post.
You see, it’s something I’ve encountered lately – half the people I meet have read a book. Yet they haven’t properly read it. There no tried and true ‘formula’ to reading a book, but there are certain unspoken guidelines that make the whole story a lot more enjoyable. What with the internet and eBook revolution taking over the entire universe :D, I realize that not everyone reaches out for a book these days. Goodness me, I publish my books as eBooks since it gives me a wider readership base! Yet – there’s something about holding a nice, warm book in your hands; turning the crinkly, yellowed pages and breathing in the musty smell as you journey through another world that seems all too real. When I read a book, I am absolutely oblivious to the surroundings. I remember when my friends would pull my book away from me when they’d gotten tired of calling my name for the umpteenth time.
That’s how you should be when you’re actually reading a book. You don’t just flip through the pages and announce proudly that you’ve finished a book. No – you don’t. You’ve got to travel through the pages, immerse yourself within the book, let the book take over your mind. You’ve got to watch it all happen right before your very eyes. You’ve got to be able to tell someone else exactly what happens in the book without a single hesitation. That’s reading a book.
Don’t be intimidated though. I’ve got just the thing that’ll help you read it properly.