It’s interesting to consider how much people’s reading habits have changed, particularly with the advent of mobile reading devices and mobile computing devices in general. When the very first cellular phones were created, I would wager that very few people would expect anyone to be reading full novels on devices that were not much larger than the brick-phones they were struggling to read the screens of. It’s a certainty that when the first printing presses were invented, it’s very unlikely that anyone expected that the desired way of reading a book would gradually change to taking a look at words on a screen: but that’s exactly what’s happened. More and more people want to read their books on a screen rather than any kind of actual movable print.
It’s easier and easier for people to do this, as well – almost any smartphone or mobile device on the market can download and read many kinds and types of e-books or at the very least use their web browsers to read stories and novels online. It’s an interesting spectacle to see people on trains, trams and buses reading from a phone, right next to people flicking through a book or magazine – and who’s to say they’re not achieving the same thing? It’s still all movable press, to be sure. However, there are many sides to this debate – and many people who don’t believe it’s a debate at all.
Health-wise, there are still no conclusive, well-researched or extensively peer-reviewed studies to show whether digital or book-based reading is better or worse for people’s eyesight. Eye strain is a known effect of staring at monitors for too long, but it’s not known if the same thing is achieved through looking at phone screens – or particular at devices such as the Kindle, which are not backlit and can’t be considered to be the same thing as a LCD or CRT monitor. No matter what you’re using to read – even a book – you’re still staring at a stationary object for a long time.
As technology progresses, mobile reading devices move closer to being similar to a conventional book. There are plenty of layout and reading options with many mobile applications and devices that effectively simulate a book, and even screens and devices that are very close to reading movable type. Soon, it’s going to be very difficult to find the difference between reading a book and using a mobile e-reader.
Reading enriches your life. It allows you to meet fascinating characters, travel through exotic countries, witness magic and wizardry and all that without having to leave your house. I have compiled a list of my absolute favourite books, the ones that have changed my life forever, among them are some of my childhood most beloved stories and books I could read over and over again.
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: A book about love and how first impressions can be absolutely wrong. Join the lovely Elizabeth Bennet and the handsome Mr Darcy in their lively courtship.
- 1984 by George Orwell: Discover Orwell’s dark vision of the year 1984 and find out why his prophecy is nowadays more accurate and fitting than ever.
- Of Mice and Men by John Steinback: A story of friendship between the intelligent George Milton and the gentle giant Lennie Small who underestimates his strength.
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: A classic in American literature, the book that teaches many about issues of race, injustice, bigotry, injustice, but also about love and courage
- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger: The book every adolescent should read. The author depicts alienation and teenage angst in his novel about teenage rebellion Holden Caulfield.
- Lord of the flies by William Golding: A provocative work about human nature.
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley: The story of creating the ideal society and what is wrong with it.
- The Odyssey by Homer: Join Odysseys in his ten journey back to Ithaca.
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain: A children’s classic about a young boys adventures in the Mississippi valley and his friend Tom Sawyer
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott: A captivating story about the four Brooke sisters coming of age while their beloved father is off to war.
These are just some of my personal favourites, but there is a whole world of characters to meet, stories to be read and adventures to be had. So do not deprive yourself and go out there in search for your very own personal top ten books of all time. And remember every book you read, short, long, funny, tragic, romantic or crude it will enrich your life in one way or another. But don’t just take my word for it go out there and find out for yourself.
Do you love a good crime mystery as much as I do? If so you should consider allowing the lovely Miss Marple to enter your world. Agatha Christie’s The Murder at the Vicarage is when Miss Jane Marple appears for the first time in a full novel.
Agatha Christie is known worldwide as the ‘Queen of Crime” and is the world’s best-selling mystery writer. Her work is so popular that it ranks third in the world’s most widely published books, just behind Shakespeare and the Bible. Christie was born on the 15 of September 1890 in Devon England as Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller. She died in January 1976 in Oxfordshire England. Married twice she kept her first husband’s last name and was made a Dame in 1971 by Queen Elizabeth II.
The Murder at the Vicarage takes us to the pretty little town St Mary Mead. One of the most hated personas in this quiet town is the Colonel Protheroe, even the vicar admits that killing would be doing the world a favour. It is only but a day later that the Colonel is found in dead in the vicarage, right inside the vicar’s study. And one of the mst unlikely people, the cute old lady called Miss Jane Marple is the one to solve the mystery as to who committed the murder. Jane Marple, despite her naïve appearance always expects the worst in everyone and it turns out she is quite right. Her blue eyes bear testimony to her intelligence and she isn’t as innocent as she seems. When faced with a murder mystery, such as the sudden death of Colonel Protheroe, it is she who unveils the cause of his passing.
Miss Marple draws upon her intimate and extensive knowledge of village life and great knowledge of characters when investigating this mysterious case. When the young painter Lawrence Redding hands himself over to the police, everyone is fooled thinking he must be guilty, if he willingly confesses to having committed the crime. Only dear old Miss Marple knows better than that and treats the news of his confession with caution, knowing something isn’t quite right. After investigating all her clues and carefully rethinking the past events she is able to solve the crime, while the police is still tapping in the dark.
If you like to try yourself at solving the case of the murdered Colonel, pick up a copy of The Murder at the Vicarage and let’s see if you can guess who done it.