Will there always be book lovers?

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I can’t help but wonder if Bookworms will still exist many years from now or if Social Media is forcing them into extinction?
More and more people are just not into reading anymore. It creates intense anxiety, but I can imagine a day in the future where this scenario may happen.

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The next generation is tech savvy, addicted (really addicted) to Facebook, Snap chat, Twitter, Pintrest, Instagram and other social platforms I’ve never even imagined, but they don’t read as many books.

I love reading, so this is hard for me to fathom. I’m the kind of person who is always debating with myself; should I keep reading or should I be the adult and do some errands? Do I really have to get up right now or can I stay in bed and read a little more?

I’m a bookworm, so my internal dialog can go on and on; but in the end, I do the right thing – most of the time. If I take the time to think about the books I’ve read over the years, I realize this generation that’s reading less, is missing out.

Being well read has benefits-  like dissolving stress, gaining perspective on human nature and being a source of inspiration. And don’t forget the way a good book distorts time, hours go by in what feels like the blink of an eye. This I think, is my favorite thing about reading.

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There’s a part of me that likes to juggle the facts and play devil’s advocate. I was recently asked about the meaning of being well read; so I started juggling.

Can someone reading only fiction be well read? Or, do you have to read proper literature and the classics? Does being well read mean you have to read X amount of books a year? Do you have to be in a book club or have a library card?

It’s ok to disagree, well read can mean different things to different people, but here’s what I think-Just Read!

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I’m not sure how many others out there have the same experience, but at times I’m inspired by what I’m reading, and then after a quick Google search, I’m disappointed to find the author has strayed too far from facts.

I know, it’s fiction, it’s not true, it was never meant to be true. But I don’t want to plant bad information in my head.  Some would say this is creativity, but isn’t distorting historical events  the same as eating genetically modified, pesticide laden food?  I think so.

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The Girl Who Wrote in Silk” by Kelli Estes did just this. The books’ premise is true enough, the Seattle higher-ups did in fact round up the local Chinese population attempting to force them to go back to China; they were however, eventually given a choice, the book omits this truth.

Contrast this with Alice Hoffman’s “The Dovekeepers” which weaved a story around historical events – the characters were fictional but the basic facts, clean. Both are excellent books by the way.

Reading may take on a new personality, but vaporize into nothingness? Doubtful.  Parents will always read to their children – and when you think about it-  isn’t this where it all starts?

Happy Reading,
Linda

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