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Read together, die alone

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“If we can’t read together, we’re going to die alone.”

Jack Shephard (Matthew Fox), in Lost (sorta)

Previously on Beard Between The Lines, I talked about writing being a lonely job and when it can be different. On the gram, later on, I asked my followers if they could read with people around them (most said they couldn’t). Now, I wanna talk about how reading together sometimes is important and helpful from an early age to adult life.

First off, reading together at any age is a great way to improve understanding, reading comprehension, and many other skills we couldn’t think of.

Now, reading along with children since they are very young is scientifically proven to have a beneficial impact on their development and wider educational attainment. They’re better students, better learners, and they become better readers.

When you show a kid a powerful narrative and stories that can help them learn essential things about life, a way to communicate better, a way to deal with different situations and characters, and unleash the power of their creativity with storytelling and words, you’re not only reading to or with them, you’re giving them the key to expanding their capabilities and talents.

When you discuss with them about the book, like talking about the consequence of actions and lessons between the lines, this habit becomes even more powerful.

As we grow up, though, we tend to become more independent and we end up believing that we have to be alone in our reading habits. Part of that is true. I for one use reading as a way to relax and to recover energy, and since I’m a big introvert, I have to do it alone and I don’t like many people around me when I’m reading for that purpose.

But if you ever scrolled through Instagram and found bookstagram accounts like Beard Between the Lines (that’s my favorite one, of course, follow him, he’s great), or if you are a bookstagrammer yourself, you know it’s not true. We’re not all alone in this. There are thousands of people like us.

Books unite us and when we discuss them with a group of readers, we’re extending the benefits of reading together to our adult life. When we become part of a reading community, we’re not alone anymore.

This is why I never quit social media entirely, even when I’m extremely fed up with it (we can discuss it later). I use my social media account as a channel to provoke thoughts and discuss reading and writing in a community of readers and writers. As long as it can be possible, I’m not gonna quit it.

And another great way to read together is by creating or joining a book discussion club (or a book club). Buddy reading is so enriching. You not only discuss the books and the stories you read together, you learn about other people’s perspectives, you understand what you read in different ways, and you do more close reading in your life.

Actually, all that (book reviewing, bookstagram, and book clubs) makes you pay more attention to what you read and you read books critically so you can have arguments and opinions that make sense and provoke a good and healthy discussion.

So, whenever you feel lost in your reading, maybe, if we can read together, reading habits won’t die alone.

Now, for the comments…

When do you read with other people? And what do you think is the best way to do it?

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