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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Reading: The Lost Art

Hey everyone,

Sorry I've been so MIA, but I was just busy studying (yes, I know during the summer). However, studying isn't my life and there are lot of other activities I enjoy participating in, which includes watching t.v. and sleeping, but I also really enjoy reading for pleasure. I may have mentioned before that during my college years that there was just so little time to read for fun because of all the school studying and activities, but now that I have graduated for about a month now there is no excuse for me to not read.

Recently, I feel as though reading is something that a lot of people miss out on. With the age of technology, we have new types of media that overshadows reading such as television, movies, and video games. I have younger brother who is about seven years younger than I am and he absolutely loathes to read any type of book. He would rather starve than read a book, and I find this a little sad. When I was growing up, I did my share of reading but since both of my parents were immigrants, they couldn't help me increase my reading skills. So, many of my friends would talk about books that I had no idea about. I felt left out and I fell behind in my English classes. However, the younger generation has no desire to read, and they would rather divulge in their iPads or PS3's than pick up a book that really stimulates and open one's mind.

We even now have Amazon Kindle's and Barnes and Noble Nook's that sort of replaces books, and now we read electronically. I am not saying that I am against these devices because I too own a Kindle. Yet, I feel as though nothing beats having the actual book in front of you, turning the pages one by one, feeling the paper run through your fingers, and most of all counting how many pages you have till you finish the entire book.

The book I have finished recently is called, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." I know I am a bit late in reading this book, but I finished it nevertheless, and I would say that this book is quite interesting and fun. This book includes mystery, action, romance, and much more. After reading half the book, I couldn't put it down and had to keep turning the page until I finished the whole book. Even after reading the book I wanted to keep turning the pages that weren't there because it was just so intense and fun. However, some downside to the book is that the beginning is really slow and you don't get to the main point of the story until about 100 or a 150 pages into the book. Also, maybe because the English version is a translated version from Sweden, the phrases can be a little primitive. Furthermore, the author Stieg Larsson, submitted this book after his death so, I don't think he had much time to revise his mistakes or expressions, anyways.

Other than that, this 480 page book is definitely a thriller that I recommend to other people who are interested in corruption and the downfall of perverted men. The ending is both satisfying, yet leaves you with yearning for more, which then you can turn to the sequel, "The Girl who Played with Fire." Have fun.

"Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers."

- Charles W. Eliot

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