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Book Worms: A Dying Breed

Uriel is an avid reader and enjoys reading on a variety of topics.



Reading has been a part of our lives since childhood. Many of us were taught to read by our parents even before we were enrolled in school. The habit of reading begins at a very tender age and continues till death. Many bed-ridden and terminally ill people continue reading on their death beds.

“I had just taken to reading. I had just discovered the art of leaving my body to sit impassive in a crumpled up attitude in a chair or sofa, while I wandered over the hills and far away in novel company and new scenes… My world began to expand very rapidly,… the reading habit had got me securely.”

— H. G. Wells

I have been reading for two decades now and I can sincerely say that reading has changed my life. Reading has become almost automatic in my life. I read whenever and wherever I am.Reading has increased my knowledge and understanding in a variety of topics. Reading has given me numerous ideas and expanded my thoughts tremendously.

Before the advent of computers, books were the chief source of information. Libraries were thronged by multitudes hoping to slake their thirst for knowledge. People could be seen reading their newspapers in the buses, trains, or cars. Others preferred reading at home or in parks or beaches.



Computers completely changed how people read, bought and accessed books.Books could now be purchased, sold and read in digital formats. Book summaries and critiques were now available to anyone on the Internet at the click of a button. Digital libraries enabled huge volumes of books to be stored in computer databases. Old books, newspapers, articles, and manuscripts were digitized.

Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body

— Richard Steele

Reading is a very pleasurable activity for millions of readers worldwide. Reading has the unique ability of capturing and mesmerizing a reader. All their attention is often directed to a particular scene or character and this is rendered visually in their minds.

Reading a book and watching a movie adaptation of the book are totally different. Some people might argue that watching the movie takes a shorter period and is more entertaining. The imagination of the characters differ from reader to reader.

Stacked books

Stacked books

The habit of reading has been on a steady decline in the last decade. Smartphones, computers, video games, and television sets have virtually replaced books and newspapers.

E-readers have become the devices of choice for many readers. They offer numerous advantages over traditional books. They are more portable and can easily carry hundreds of millions of digital books. Millenials have become accustomed to reading on their smartphones and computers.

Reading books is a dying habit among millions of people. Some people do not see any need to read books once they are done with tertiary education. They contend that they simply do not have enough time to read in the modern, fast-paced world. Book clubs are now a relic of the past, and very few of them attract membership.

Libraries are virtually empty and young people spend most of the day glued to their smartphones. Books sales are plummeting in many countries. In other countries, books are discarded because many are seen as worthless.

Woman reading a book

Woman reading a book

The feeling of touching the hard cover of a book and turning its crisp pages is irreplaceable for many die-hard bookworms like me. The sweet smell of books, the joy of opening the book for the first time, the thrill and suspense created as we turn the pages, and the satisfaction we get once we finish the last word of the book offers us the ultimate satisfaction.

The most successful people in the world are lifelong learners. Warren Buffet has been quoted saying that he reads for about five hours a day. Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Oprah Winfrey, and many other successful people have often attributed their success to their reading habits.

Reading is a habit that should be inculcated in very young children. The sad reality is that millions of adults and children all over the can not read and write. I thank my mother for giving me access to numerous books.

Most people stop reading after completing high school or college. A reading habit enables people to stay ahead of the curve. Reading increases creativity and enables the mind to expand its horizons.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2022 Uriel Kushiel

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