World Book Day - My Love of Reading
As it's World Book Day, we decided to do something a little different and ask our copywriter, Tramika, about her love of reading and which books she loves. Here’s what she had to say…
I never really took to reading as a child. I was more of a playing outside and watching television kind of kid. To me, reading seemed more like homework or a chore, as we were constantly given books to read at school, and even though I was a bit of a clever clogs and in the highest reading set (just saying...), it always seemed like something I had to do.
As I moved to secondary school, it became compulsory for us to read more. My English Literature teacher would say:
“How do you ever expect to get any better at reading and writing if you don’t practice – you need to do it in your spare time.”
So in all honestly, I need to thank her for her contribution to my copywriting career, as she was completely right. GCSEs, A Levels and an English degree later and here I am.
We studied some books for the course and others were recommended to me, but the two that were engraved into my mind and heart forever are The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, and Lord of the Flies by William Golding.
The Kite Runner depicts a story of a young boy and his best friend in Afghanistan, amongst the background noise of the fall of the Afghani Monarch, poverty and refugees, and the rise of the Taliban.
What I love about it: I like books that completely take you away from normal life; books that engross you so much that you start reading and emerge 2 hours later only for the need of food and the toilet - this book does that.
I love that it is shown through the perspective of a young boy, so we get a very balanced view of all situations. The naivety that young children bring to stories always adds a welcomed innocence that we can form our own opinions from. I would definitely recommend this book.
Lord of the Flies is quite a well-known book about a war plane crash, leaving a group of British boys stranded on an uninhabited island. The need for survival brings out the natural instincts of the boys and events unfold as they compete for food and power.
What I love about it: I really like that this book allows you to think beyond the surface and draw your own conclusions. Each boy, each item, each action can all represent something different depending on the type of person you are, and it reveals the different types of characters within mankind.
It was these two books that ignited my love of reading. I tend to always try to read new books and am currently going through a phase of non-fiction, marketing or self-improvements books, but these two are always on the shelf, ready to read over and over.