Only very few read books... are you one of them?

Philippines
May 15, 2012 12:46am CST
For the past years that I have been teaching, one of the things I have realized is that very few are interested in reading. I am referring to books. For example if you mention a book title which later on has become a movie, the students would know the movie but would say that they never knew it was a book. Or they would also say that if the book was already a movie, then they would rather watch the movie than read the book. Sometimes, when I ask them what their hobbies or interests are, I'd be lucky if one out of the entire class would mention reading. I hope that sooner or later they realize how fun it is to read books. Besides, reading is very beneficial.
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42 responses
• Philippines
15 May 12
Well I like reading very much but not text books, I'm sorry teacher. I prefer reading the book than watching the movie as much as possible but there are just books that are really good that are not available in my country, and they're kinda expensive too. So I usually just download ebooks but I would very much appreciate if I'll ever have the hard copy of the story. Sometimes when I've seen a rare or old movie and I really liked/loved it, I would search in the internet whether it was based on a novel and if it is I try to download a copy so I could read it. There are many scenes that are usually not shown in the movie so I want to know what other things that had happened in the original. ^^ And yes, reading is very beneficial, it helps me widen my vocabulary and it helps me see things in different perspectives and discover many new things. It takes me away from the real world when I'm so caught up in the story, and it stirs different emotion in me. I really love reading! :D
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• Philippines
15 May 12
Yeah, not many students like reading textbooks and I understand why...
• Philippines
16 May 12
I'm glad to hear that from a teacher, at least someone understands. I read my textbooks too, but only when necessary or my professors asked the class to. But I like to study better during discussions, I think I can absorb more of the lesson than reading some difficult terms that should've been explained to us in the first place.
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• Philippines
17 May 12
That's why I do not usually require them to read the textbook because I know that the outcome won't be as expected. I would rather present the contents in a more interactive and interesting form. Then, it's up to them to go over the textbook if they need to be clarified on some topics.
@jkct02 (2859)
• Malaysia
15 May 12
Books = Knowledge - Reading books to gain more knowledge
The people nowadays all want to be quick and have no patience for anything longer than 10 minutes. Their attention span is counted in seconds. It is our duty to think of ways to entice them to read to let them find out the beauty of reading a book. But the most crucial time for a person to develop the reading habit has to be when the child is 5 or 6 years old. The parents should try to read the book together with their children to stimulate their interest. Bring them to library to let them search for the books they like. Once they have had this habit of reading, it will be helpful to them for the rest of their lives.
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• Philippines
17 May 12
My parents encouraged me to read at a very young age. It's something that I enjoyed doing when I was younger especially when I cannot go out and play.
@jkct02 (2859)
• Malaysia
17 May 12
You are lucky that your parents have instilled such a good habit in you. I am sure it will enrich your life forever. I myself was lucky that my elder sister is good in classic literature and she had a full cabinet of the classic literature books at home. So I got to read them since I was 9 years old. It helped my understanding of the language and my interests in books. I read all kinds of books, non-fiction as well as fictions. I also like biographies. Reading them is like living their lives. What books do you like?
• Philippines
17 May 12
I read whatever that tickles my fancy. There are so many books that are very interesting. I just hope I could have as much time to read as many books.
@sylvia13 (1851)
• Nelson Bay, Australia
16 May 12
It's a pity, but it is so true! I still read, but these days I don't really reads books, but use my Kindle instead. It sure is practical, but one has to admit that the feeling is quite different! Oh, for the smell and touch of a new book!
@fran429 (503)
• United States
16 May 12
I LOVE the smell of a new book. The crisp pages being held between your fingers! To walk into a bookstore like Barnes & Noble or Borders with their coffee shop attached is HEAVEN!
@sylvia13 (1851)
• Nelson Bay, Australia
16 May 12
Yea, especially if those bookshops are in an inspiring place like New York City!!
• United States
15 May 12
I love to read! I don't know what kind of students that you teach or how old they are, but I'm 21 so I like to think of myself as pretty young. I prefer books over any other type of entertainment. I would rather read than watch movies, surf the internet, watch tv, or play games! I'm kind of an anomaly in my generation though, as I'm not too fond of technology. The things that you mention also bother me and make me sad. Books are so much better than movies!
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• Philippines
17 May 12
They are in college. And that's why it is really frustrating to find out that reading is not one of their interests.
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• United States
17 May 12
Well you can rest knowing that this college student loves to read.
15 May 12
ME! i enjoy reading than watching its movie. I find it more interesting than the movie. One time I read and finish the Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and I was very excited to watch the movie for i know the characters will come to life. But I got disappointed when what i read was not on the movie. :) I will agree that reading is so beneficial. :)
• Philippines
15 May 12
Many of the books I have read so far that have been turned into movies were all disappointing considering that what I have read is totally different from what I have watched. Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, etc...
15 May 12
yeah! it's very disappointing really that what is in the book is very different in the movies, better read the book.
@chymez_me (186)
• Philippines
15 May 12
Reading is much more fun than watching it on movies.. It can take you anywhere and can even heighten your imaginative skills. It makes your brain work and can even increase your knowledge to certain facts.. And that's the reason why i love reading.. :)
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• Philippines
17 May 12
Hi chymez_me! We improve our imaginative skills through reading. It's a great mental exercise.
• United States
15 May 12
I know it seems no one reads anymore and it's a sad sad thing Our lifestyle has made it"easier" but somehow I think it has eliminated the more gracious things in life too and reading a book is one of them that seems to becoming extinct I'm not sure how to get kids into reading but I know what they are missing out on I've been reading since I was able to read and I can get transported to the scene in a book easily so, yes, I know what they are missing out on
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• Philippines
17 May 12
Truly, they are missing out on so much...
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
15 May 12
It is true that the young ones today are not properly motivated by their teachers to read books. We need to restore the love for reading among the young.
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• Philippines
17 May 12
Count me in the crusade.
@AmbiePam (50274)
• United States
15 May 12
My parents read to me when I was a baby, and I think that fueled my love of reading. I devoured books when I was a child, into my teenager years, and beyond. I don't read as much now as I used to, but that's because of lack of opportunity more than anything else. I still love to read. It's a shame that so many kids nowadays grow up playing video games, watching TV, movies, and even downloading games on a cell phone as forms of entertainment more than reading.
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• Philippines
17 May 12
Right.. many young people spend more time playing video games and doing other online stuffs.
@KingEric (80)
• Philippines
15 May 12
I know. It's a sad thought. I love reading books but unfortunately I started becoming a bookworm during my high school years... so it's kinda late. Anyway, this sad thought perhaps caused by factors that influence people nowadays. With internet and other gadgets coming out these days, no wonder people choose not to stick their eyes on a book and read it for the entire day. But despite of what is happening now, book lovers pop out from no where. There was a time when while I was reading a novel in the classroom, my classmate suddenly approached me and shared that she also like the book that I was reading. That made me happy. Since then, I never gave up on the thought that soon enough, book lovers will be reborn. Don't give up, Teacher!
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• Philippines
17 May 12
I won't give up KingEric!
• United States
15 May 12
I've met very few people who actually enjoy reading books. I enjoy reading myself but find that I can only read if I can get in the mood. I still have to finish War and Peace, Adromeda, Claire, A Rising Thunder, and a few more books. Some are regular books, and some are e-books. These days though it's either what can be seen visually or nothing at all. One of my friends said he didn't like to read because he didn't need false fantasies put into his head. That made me shake my head and then thought that perhaps he shouldn't watch TV either. It does the same thing, only more graphically. Hm.. What grade do you teach? You might be able to encourage them to read by using a trick method. Find a book, something 200 to 300 pages. Give them a report to do on it. Tell them they must read certain chapters of the book. Student 1 could read chapter 3, student 2 could read chapter 8 and so on. Afterward, tell them to write a one page report on that chapter and present it to you. Then when all the reports are given to you that equal out all the chapters of the book, perhaps get the class into teams and have them write out a play script to enact the book? The play script isn't likely necessary, but I'm tossing out ideas here to help you get them to read. They need to know that sitting down with a book and actually reading it isn't like making them wash dishes.
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• Philippines
17 May 12
I teach in a university. Sometimes, even if you ask them to write a reaction paper on a chapter you have asked them to read, you would expect that either they would copy from a classmate or not submit an output at all. Very few would really do their reading assignment.
15 May 12
The main reason for this is that children nowadays are lazy reading books. Also, it is easy to them to comprehend the story through vision and audio. Most of kids nowadays don't spend time in reading. They find it boring and waste of time. Reading is a very helpful and healthy hobby. It helps you increase knowledge, improve vocabulary skills, correcting grammar and enhances your communication skills.Through reading you can learn something beyond your borderline. Most intellectual people love to read different genre and style of books depend on their taste and mood. I have knew a lot of people who became smart and intelligent helps you to be with the help of reading. Reading also bring you to another side of the world. It helps you to be creative individual.
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• Philippines
15 May 12
I totally agree with you!
@veejay19 (3592)
• India
16 May 12
I have always been a book lover and addict since my childhood days and am even now though my reading has reduced considerably.During childhood it wa comic books,then Western cowby novels and mystery and adventure books, then bestsellers followed by educational books like National Geographic and their publications.Nowadays i confine myself mostly to newspapers and books on spirituality. My tastes have changed as i grew up.I have also seen movies of books i have read but were not satisfying.For eg, i had read James Hadley Chase` book 'Ice Station Zebra' and was completely captivated by it. When the movie came i went to see it eagerly and was shocked and disappointed by it.From then i vowed never to see any movie of a book i had read.There is nothing like the reading habit.
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@salam1 (1475)
• Malaysia
15 May 12
I bought a book early last year, a biography of 500 pages plus long. And have not done with yet until today. I have like 150 more pages to go. But, I read a lot in the Internet especially news..
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@kalav56 (11502)
• India
15 May 12
This is always the bane of a teacher.And if you happen to teach English you would feel all the more miserable because when they do not have a proper reading habit it is extremely difficult to improve their English. Reading is definitely more beneficial than watching a film because the benefit you get out of reading stays with you throughout your life.
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@yanzalong (10172)
• Indonesia
15 May 12
when i say i love reading that means not only reading books but reading others like news , articles and others that need reading.
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@GemmaR (8526)
15 May 12
I do read books, and I have to admit that often there is nothing I enjoy doing more than being able to read. One of the best things about books is the fact that you are able to escape into your own world and there is nobody who can stop you from doing so. I think that books are being neglected now because of social media and the fact that we never truly have any time to ourselves. There should be more emphasis in schools on reading, and children should be encouraged to join the library and read a certain amount of books during the course of each of their terms.
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• Philippines
15 May 12
I love reading! I gobble down books just like my favorite chocolate! I love learning and I think books are amazing! It's a new world whenever you open and browse through the pages of a good book. You'll learn a lot. Life's lessons, opinions, even fairies and monsters come out of each page. I have been reading since I learned my ABC's. And up till now, I can't get enough of books!
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@ardoy0731 (6865)
• Philippines
15 May 12
I still read books whether ebooks or paper books.I'm into Stephen White's books that are more on to suspense thriller.
• Philippines
15 May 12
I have read The Siege and The Last Lie... Both by Stephen White
@RitterSport (2452)
• Lippstadt, Germany
20 May 12
I am a trained librarian so you sure guess I love books. I am not up to date with the newest books nowadays cause I use the internet for about 10 years now and I have not kept my reading up as browsing through the net and social network sites and e mails are fun as well. I wonder that horror and scifi books and movies are that popular over here right now. I dont like them never did and never will so you would not get me to read them. But I definitely like the books better than the movies made of them. Movies dont tell the story completely but leave out a bit here and a bit there, most of the time.