I Forgot How To Read

I haven’t read a book in so long. I have been at university for nearly three years and the only reading I have done is the summary and conclusion sections of my course text books. What is recreational reading? Even with the required reading, I have just become lazy with digesting words. I have become one of those people who can only read things that are 140 characters long before my attention is diverted.

Don’t get me wrong I used to love reading, used to completely adore it. My fiftteen minute journey to school used to be full of wonder and the lives of people I felt I connected with on a personal level. I used to wake up early just to go and read in the local park near my school and go to bed late falling asleep with a book in my arms. Reading is such an escape, and a book is euphoric. Where did the time go. For me, growing up took away the basic act of just reading a good book and I desperately want to get back into it. I want to be able to read more than the first page. I want to be able to be fully immersed in an alternative world.

Reading is the cheapest and easiest way to get away; to escape. Now that summer is almost here and my exams will be over soon, I think that it is time to get back into reading. I want to have a quiet summer; no festivals, no holidays so there will be lots of time. I came to university with boxes of books and since I’ve been here I haven’t read one cover to cover. Have I actually forgotten how to read or is it possible to fuel my love of reading again. I hope so because it was my first love.

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”

George R.R. Martin


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