Visitors at the Kuala Lumpur International Book Fair last year. Reading can only happen if we create the time and space for it. FILE PIC

READING is a good habit to inculcate, but not many of us read as much as we should. Many resort to reading materials on social media, but not as many spend time reading good books for knowledge.

Experts urge us to read regularly for a number of reasons, one of which is to increase our knowledge. Studies, too, highlight the importance of reading in enhancing one’s memory and empathy, as well as reducing stress.

Reading is always beneficial. Successful people are known to be great readers. They read widely to expand their knowledge, skills and competencies.

A reading journey is a real challenge. For many access to books, magazines and other reading materials is a challenge. E-books and e-magazines may solve this problem.

Reading is a skill and, like any other skill, it must be practised on a regular basis. For a start, one can spend a fixed time per day reading materials of one’s choice. The idea is to learn something new. The more we read, the more we will learn. The trick to success in reading is to keep to a regular schedule every day.

Granted, most of us are busy as we have tight work schedules and many family errands to run. But, no matter how busy we are, we must make time to read if we want to be successful. Reading can only happen if we create the time and space for it.

Reading is not just the number of books we read; it is about the quality of the reading material. We should know by the first 10 pages of the book if it is worth the time. Time is precious, so we need to spend it on good books.

Reading quality books, be they e-books or hard copies, will empower and expand our knowledge. Successful people will vouch for it.

Azizi Ahmad , Institut Pendidikan Guru Malaysia Kampus Bahasa Antarabangsa, Kuala Lumpur

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