cultivate your reading habit
we may say with cer tainty that the mor e one reads , the better one unde rstands ; -and that the bet ter one understands , the more one is inclined to r ead . in other words , f rom reading comes unde rstanding , and f rom understanding comes more reading . the reading habit is actually cultivated by reading itself .
now let us discus s the question of wha t to read . there are books on various subjects — history, lite rature , philosophy , science , fine arts , etc . when you a re to choose f rom among a vast number of subjects the best book s to r ead , you will feel quite at sea . i ther efor e s uggest tha t , befor e you proceed to r ead any book , you t ry to find out what others have done before you , that is read the results of other people’s labour first . usually newspaper s or magazines are always your convenient guide to the world of best writings .
another problem is how to r ead . her e, i would offer two suggestions : concent r ation and reflection . you cannot well unde rstand what is said in book s unless you concent ra te your mind on what you read . and then you must think ove r what you have read . t his is reflection which helps to s ummarize your reading . to a grea t extent , concentr ation and reflection a reinte rdependent .
a reading habit thus formed will prove valuable to you . whenever you have spare time, you will resor t not to places of pleasur e, but to the bookshelves , you will not feel lonesome when you are alone, because you can see all kinds of char acte rs moving and acting on the pages , and you can hear all kinds of good counsel . in the long r un , your imaginative power will beinc reased , your esthetic sensibility height ened , your vocabula ry enlarged , and finally your ability of writing tr emendously improved .