Reflecting on Reading

During the week of 9th-13th October pupils from 71 schools across Liverpool took part in a sponsored read that encouraged them both to read for pleasure and to help raise money for books for children in hospital.  We asked some pupils from Holly Lodge Girls’ College to share their feelings about reading with us.

Reading: fun or foul?

Written by Honey Muhammed, Kathryn Woodyatt and Manar Al-Warith. Year 9 students at Holly Lodge Girls’ College.

What some people don’t realise is that reading widens our way of thinking. For someone who likes books it is a way of escaping the harsh reality and entering a mythical world of adventure and excitement. You might find this hard to believe but reading actually makes us a lot smarter. I know right? It introduces us to a new place; a place where you can do anything, absolutely anything can happen.

Statistically speaking, students who read tend to excel more in their subjects. Even a chapter a day can make you a happier person. Addicted to your phone? Try reading on your phone. It seems impossible, I know, but it can be done.

Sadly, there are still people who find reading boring. Well to those people I say you are wrong.  After a few books you will grow to love the familiar rustle of the pages and the excitement in your heart. It’s about escape: losing yourself in an amazing book where you get to visit places you’d never dreamed of, meet characters you never could have imagined and even better: seeing a part of yourself in them. It’s like learning how to dance; you have to practise until you get used to the movements of your hands and feet. All you need is a little bit of patience.

holly lodge 2

In our opinion, we think that the Liverpool Readathon is an excellent way of encouraging young people to read while raising money for charity. It’s been fantastic to see how many more students have been visiting the library and reading around school due to the Readathon. On Friday we will be taking part in a D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read) session, along with more than 70 other schools in Liverpool. Knowing that so many students across Liverpool will be sharing their passion for reading at the same time is something really special, as well as knowing that we’re all contributing to helping other young people at Alder Hey to share our passion by raising money.

So, reading: fun or foul? I think you know where we stand.

To take a look at all of the great reading happening across Liverpool this week, please check out the hashtag #LiverpoolReadathon on Twitter.