The importance and advantages of reading books are many. In this article we will study the importance of reading classic books, modern books, and vocation books.
Importance of Reading Classic Books
It is best to read the classics of literature. By classics we mean those books which have become recognized for their excellence. Suppose one wants to read a novel, it is best to begin with the works of well-known and established writers. The importance of reading the classics is that one will develop the habit of being satisfied only with the best of everything. Having once read the best, one will disdain to read what is second best.
One of the objects of studying the Ancient is to be able to appreciate whatever is good and wherever it is fond. The study of classics forms one’s taste and judgment. Once this is achieved the reader can be left to himself.
Importance of Reading Modern books
Modern Books are not to be neglected or despised. Modern poetry or novels should, however, be read only after one’s taste has been formed by reading the classics. But books on general topics for getting knowledge and information must be always read. It is to consult reviews of books published in respectable journals. In these days, it is necessary to know a great deal of many things. Books on history, politics, science should always be widely read.
With regard to these, it is wise to consult a teacher or a well-read librarian. Attempt should always be made to get the best available books. One should show some preference for books dealing with the peoples and problems of one’s own country.
Importance of Reading books on Vocation
It has to be remembered that the choice of books in often dictated by the needs of one’s vocation. Everyone must, if there is any desire for self-improvement, read books that convey the latest information on the subject in which he deals. The man who has stopped reading as soon as he begins to earn, may soon find that he has ceased to each according to his growing needs. For specialized knowledge of one’s vocation is sure to increase efficiency and general usefulness.
As in other matter of books, what is good for one man may not be so for another man. Thus no reading could be compulsory prescribed for all manner of men. Surrounded by books as the student is, he is more like to be attracted to those books which on his prescribed course of study than general reading. As one’s interests grow, tastes are more specialized and books are picked up for a variety of reasons not always connected with one’s vocation.