The importance of reading

“The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.” Mark Twain.

If you don’t read you are missing out on a great way of learning as well as a wonderful way of improving your life. Books can instruct, inform, entertain, motivate and inspire. This is a simple and relatively inexpensive (if you join a library) method of growing as a person. Drawing on the wisdom of the ages, books cover every subject you can imagine.

Writing and the importance of reading:

For writers, reading is essential. Reading a wide range of authors in a wide range of genre is a very effective way of helping your development as a writer. All the different styles of writing, the range of voices used and the techniques employed by published authors will help develop your own style and voice.

Develop the habit of reading. Resolve to never let a day go by without reading something.

For me though, there remains just one problem – finding the time to read all the books I would love to read.


6 Responses to “The importance of reading”

  1. Ileana says:

    Mr. Hampel,

    I have quoted you in a presentation that I am making to the staff at my elementary school. It saddens me to see how little time we, as teachers, have to read to our students these days. With all of the testing mandated in each state, reading seems to be going by the wayside. I am hoping that your words along with my heartfelt attitude will inspire teachers to find the time to encourage reading in their classrooms.

    Thank you for your thoughts.


    Ileana Diaz

  2. Trevor says:

    Thank you Ileana,

    Your words have encouraged me to keep writing this blog. In a very real way I am drawing on over 35 years of classroom experience and sharing this with my readers.

    I was delighted when you said that you were quoting me in a staff presentation.

    It has taken a wile for me to reply to your comments because I wanted to give you a link to an article I wrote some time ago which you might find both encouraging and inspiring. It’s just that I couldn’t find it here on my blog!

    I finally found it today. Here is the link:

    Be sure to also read the comments where I discuss various other educational considerations on this topic.

    I hope you find this helpful.

    All the best,


  3. chinnu says:

    i love reading

  4. jibuaku chibuike says:

    your words have really encouraged me to enculcate the habit of reading on daily basis. Its such a pity that Africans hardly read books.

  5. maheen says:

    I love reading because reading,writing and drawing are most important for me.

  6. […] writers are readers so this is of utmost importance. This year I plan to read 100 titles (books and magazines; I read […]