We always come across with the things, like I do not have time to read at all, I have never read a book outside my curriculum, I do not like reading any big and fatty novels, I do not think poetry is for me, etc., etc. and many more. I do not want to discourage people by saying for reading you have to read the books or articles or big journals. Reading is important. It really does not matter at all that what you read.
I am a fancy reader. I like and love reading, it will be sometimes fair to say that I live on reading. Now the big fat question is what really I read? I read everything. I literally mean everything. I collect leaflets to read them, I collect advertisement papers to read them. I have stash of travel advertisements. I read them all. I love the way they are arranged, the colour they have used to print on the paper; the smell of the paper.
I start reading before going to school. I started schooling at the age of four or five. It was 1994 if I am not wrong. My family is a huge one. I have five sisters. Four of them are older than me and one is younger. Being number five in the line was too much pressure. I had to listen to all of them (which I have never really did). When it comes to education, all my family members were too much serious. The motto of my family was “Do whatever you want to do, but only after finishing the homework”. Seeing my elder sisters reading their books, I was pretty impressed and went forward to learn reading. A little bit of home schooling helped me to read quite earlier than the other children of my age.
I was always fascinated by the fancy colour of the books and sheets and anything has little writing on it. I never stopped polishing my reading skills, even when I was a little girl. I was still so much interested to improve and to prove myself that I am a better reader. I think my habit of reading really got boosted by my interest in colourful writing and pretty pictures on the books as well as the smell of the new books was more alcoholic. I have become a good reader from very early age I think.
What I learned over the years, that this reading habit and interest of mine has actually given me a lot of knowledge. I know quite a few things in the world. I know about computers, I know about geography, I know about history, I know about the science stuffs. I know a lot. Give me a chance to clear a few things though, I know a lot by which I am not referring that I am a “know it all”. I do not know everything. Though I can continue any topic at a certain level.
This knowing a few things has opened my world to all directions. I can walk in a path of science and technology, though I do not have in-depth knowledge about science and technology, I know Darwinism: theory of biological evolution, Newton’s theory of gravity, Einstein’s theory of relativity. I am not saying here I know all and everything about those theories, I do not. However, I can start and finish a conversation. All these actually came from my habit of reading.
Reading everything is the key. Nowadays I am asked several times like all the time how to improve reading skills, which novels or literatures to read to learn more and more vocabularies. I have not improved my reading skills in a day or week or year. It took me several years and intense interest in reading to improve my reading skills and building up my vocabularies, getting interested in reading a 500 pages book. Reading is a conscious habit which with time will gradually become an unconscious habit.
Reading is essential. There is no rules what you have to read and what you are not supposed to read. Read whatever you get your hands on. Read everything and all the things, even the signboards. There are some pictures of my reading materials attached with this article. I think that will encourage you to start reading.