Tom and the joy of reading
Sir — As an avid reader, I thoroughly enjoyed Tom McCaughren’s beautiful article about books (Sunday Independent, November 26). I appreciate that social media is now all pervasive, but it’s hard to beat the satisfaction of reading a captivating book. Between the covers of a book, readers of all ages are exposed to adventure, excitement, anticipation, knowledge and information. Regular reading stirs the imagination, arouses curiosity and inspires creativity. With a book in your hand you’re in good company.
Of course, information technology must be embraced and online communication is hugely beneficial to writers and communicators. Digital media and literature can happily co-exist but young people should always be encouraged, as Tom McCaughren so eloquently puts it, to “open a book and find the same kind of magic that I found”.
Christmas is a time for exchanging gifts. Book shops throughout the country have an eclectic supply of books to suit all tastes. What more appropriate present can a parent give to a child than an introduction to the sheer joy of reading with the gift of an age appropriate book?