I have recently finished the Harry Potter books! I know I am a few years late but reading is something that I have struggled with for a long time so I am super proud of myself. I have dyslexia and dyspraxia so tasks such as reading can be hugely overwhelming. I got this book set from my boyfriend back in May so to say I have read seven books in that time is awesome. I have enjoyed them immensely and respect JK.Rowling very much. What a wonderfully intelligent and creative writer she is.
Throughout reading these books my reading skills have majorly improved. My reading speed and ability to retain what I have read has gotten better every time I have picked up a book. I wanted to talk about this because I know that many people have similar struggles when it comes to reading.
From my perspective, even the thought of holding a heavy book in my hand made my hand’s ache and brain become cloudy. The thought of someone discussing the book around me and not being able to remember things caused huge anxiety. Thankfully through determination, commitment and JK’s beautiful writing skills, I have managed to turn reading into a joy and not a dominant fear!
Has anybody else who has read these books felt that it was a huge achievement due to reading struggles? Or have they (or any other books) been so significant in improving their reading habit?
I would love to hear about your experiences!
Another thing I wanted to discuss in this post is how wonderful it is for our brains to imagine. I think it is incredible that as we read our subconscious mind creates an image of characters, places and objects etc. For example, we all of our own version of Dumbledore’s office in our mind’s eye. In my head it is rectangular, with the old headmaster’s portraits on the left and Dumbledore’s desk is towards the back. There is also a big window at the rear of the room.
What a wonderful free gift to have – to imagine! We can all do it but the amazing thing is, is that our imagination is our own. It’s personal. When reading stories you can play around with it if you like, or just stay engrossed and let your subconscious mind do the magic.
I find reading a therapeutic activity now and am already half way through another book called Dibs: In search of self. When we are engrossed in a book, using our imagination to create the world in our minds, we are in the present moment. Being in the present moment is so important. It is clear how common facebook and other apps are to our current generation. I hope that reading can become as common as it was before technology. There is so much to gain from reading a good book!
Please get in touch with me if anything in this post resonates with you 🙂