No pleasure so lasting

11 May, 2020

The ability to read is an awesome gift, enabling you not just to perform tasks like reading the instructions for the use of new electrical equipment, or reading the signs to where you’re going or reading the label on a can of food in the supermarket, but so you can enjoy life through reading jokes, letters, prose, poetry etc.

If you want to travel but can’t afford the ticket, through reading you can imagine walking along a sandy and sunny seashore, skiing down snowy mountain slopes, sleeping in a field of flowers, adventuring in an African Safari. Your holiday destinations are quite frankly practically limitless.

No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. (Mary Wortley Montagu)

Books are magical, people can find a new world through the power of the written word. Books have a certain kind of enchantment about them; they are able to catapult you to a different world in the twinkling of an eye. Between the covers of a book exists a sort of paradise. All you have to do is add a little ingredient called imagination and you can feel the magic everywhere. You don’t have to be a child to enjoy the thrill of reading; you need only the imagination and enthusiasm of youth and you’re halfway there.

I love reading, and paradise for me is settling down in front of the fireplace on a cold winter evening (with a sweet snack and a hot cup of decaffeinated green tea) to read a good book. I love to suck out the life and marrow from a good book like a dog with a juicy bone. There is nothing that I enjoy more than gleaning wisdom from writings of wise men and women. For me this is like a conference of great minds being ignited and exploding in revelation. Or it could just be getting captivated in a fascinating story; riding the waves, feeling the breeze, and enjoying the thrill of a good adventure novel. Reading is one of the most enjoyable activities in life. Reading novels, short stories, poems, and plays provide good quality lasting entertainment. As you read through the pages you may well find that a kind of peaceful paradise exists between the covers of books.

Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life. (Stephen King)

When I read great literature, great drama, speeches, or sermons, I feel that the human mind has not achieved anything greater than the ability to share feelings and thoughts through language. (James Earl Jones)

 

Author: Yomi is a wordsmith, passionate about books, reading, education, healing and health. She has appeared several times on television and radio; speaking about her passion. She has Master’s degree in Medical Immunology from the College of Medicine, University of London and worked at a postgraduate college of medicine in London for over a decade before pursuing her passion for writing. She is the author of four books.