Get your hands on some great reads

PUBLISHED : Monday, 21 June, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 21 June, 2010, 12:00am

Reading is a fascinating hobby. There is a wide variety of books, from detective stories to historical novels and fairy tales to fiction, to choose from.

We can gain so much knowledge from books. They tell us about the latest scientific and technological innovations and teach us about the past and the present.

Also, reading expands our vocabulary and enhances our language skills. It boosts our imagination and creativity, trains our minds and makes our day a lot more colourful - like the wonderful descriptions of life in many of the books we read.

Have you chosen a book to read yet? Do it now. If you make it a habit, reading will become one of the most enjoyable things in your life.

Natalie Fung, Marymount Primary School

From the Editor

Thank you for your inspiring letter, Natalie. Reading is one of life's greatest pleasures, and there's no better time to catch up on some quality book time than the summer holidays. You can take a book with you wherever you go, whether on holidays overseas, on the trip to and from your summer job, or while taking a break from a game of beach volleyball.

Although you've got weeks of lesson-free time, that doesn't mean you should let your brain turn to mush. Reading keeps your brain active, but isn't stressful or boring.

Rather than spending the whole break in front of the computer or in a mall, head to the library or bookshop, and stock up on some fun titles. Look up 'summer reads for teens' online to see what new and classic stories other people and sites like Amazon recommend.

Karly, Deputy Editor