Not everybody reads. But when they do read, they love to let other people know that they are reading.
Totally unprovoked, people will begin a sentence with, “So I’m reading this book …”
It’s the mental equivalent of working out. When people are really going through a good stretch of exercising, they’ll find a way to work it into the conversation. “Oh man, my arms are so sore from working out yesterday…”
It’s the same philosophy with reading.
The book doesn’t even have to be impressive. You don’t need to be reading Dostoyevsky or Tolstoy to flaunt the fact that you are reading a book. You could be reading the latest young adult dystopian novel and still show off. When you read, there’s no such thing as a wrong book. You’re automatically smarter than anybody else who isn’t reading.
But when did we get to the point where simply opening a book is an accomplishment? Was it the onset of the digital and social media age?
When do you ever hear somebody talk about the book that they finished? When someone says they are “reading a book,” for all I know, they could be on page 2.
This primarily applies to people who do not read a lot. Those who are constantly reading, and who immediately finish a book only to open another, don’t usually bring up their novels of choice without being asked about it first.
Again, I’ll bring up the gym comparison. Those who work out regularly don’t really talk about their specific workouts. Because it’s just something that’s a normal part of their life.
Reading is as stimulating to the mind as working out is to the muscles. Both are equally beneficial. One makes you strong physically, and the other makes you strong mentally.
It’s especially important to read once you’ve finished your formal schooling. Because, where else are you learning? If you’re not going to have a professor tell you things anymore, and you’re going to do the same thing at your job every day, then it’s up to us to challenge ourselves. Reading accomplishes that. And yes, even YA novels can stir the imagination.
That all being said … I am reading book.
I like to think of myself as an avid reader. However, I have been in a bit of a rut lately. As in, I haven’t actually completed a book in about five months. However, I’m more than halfway through “In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeanette” by Hampton Sides, a nonfiction book that recreates the ill-fated American voyage of a group of explorers in the late 1800s attempting to become the first to reach the North Pole. It’s quite riveting.
You see what I did here? I created an entire post just to talk about the book I am currently reading.
Tomorrow, I may even bring the book with me to the gym.
People are really going to love talking to me this week.