The title of this post is a quote from Charles William Eliot. I believe this quote sums up the amazing power of books, which is so underestimated by many people. Summer is rapidly drawing to a close, only about a month left until classes start back up again. Reading is a given during the school year, whether in the form of in-class assignments, assigned books in English class, or homework. Yet during the summer, reading often falls by the wayside as you spend time at the pool, at amusement parks, hanging out with friends, and sleeping until noon. This is one of the great tragedies of summer.
Books have this amazing power. They are made of mere paper and ink, but have the ability to transport us into different worlds and times. One minute you are sitting in your bedroom, and the next second you have traveled to Middle Earth, or Panem, or the past, or even the future. There are so many different worlds to explore within the pages of a book, so many adventures to be had.
Whether you use an ink and paper book, an e-reader, or even an audio book, READ. Live the lives of the characters in these books, whether its a classic or a short romance novel. Feel what the characters feel, cry when they die, laugh when something funny happens. Whatever books interest you, read. That is my advice to you for the remainder of the summer.