You've likely heard that old adage: "the family that plays together, stays together," or some reiteration of it. But what about the family that reads together? Are they any better off than a family that doesn't?
The answer, according to C.W. Hawes, author and avid reader, is a resounding "yes!"
C.W. has kindly offered to tell us more about it here on the blog. Please settle in and grab your favorite beverage. Here we go...
Can reading together as a family be (gasp!) more fun than watching a movie together?
"There is nothing more enjoyable than a good book, unless it’s a good book shared with others," says C.W. "And the best way of sharing a book is to read aloud to each other.
"A book has a magic that just doesn’t exist with movies and TV. That’s because reading aloud is interactive in a way movies and TV aren’t.
"We talk about a movie or a TV show after-the-fact. Then we might re-watch it. But with a book we can talk about a concern or a plot point right there during the reading. We can re-read funny sentences or paragraphs. We can pause to digest a heart-wrenching scene. Confusing scenes or dialogue can be cleared up right away.
"Yes, we can hit the pause button or rewind button when watching a DVD or when streaming. But with a live show, that’s not possible. With a book, it’s possible any time.
"The other great advantage reading has over TV and movies, is that it stimulates the imagination. It’s not passive entertainment. It’s very active. And stimulation of the mind results in minds that are much more active and developed. Which is a very good thing."
C.W. reflects, "When my daughter was young there was no family TV. For entertainment we read books. And we read them together as a family, as well as individually. Harry Potter. Jean Webster’s Daddy-Long-Legs and Dear Enemy. Winnie the Pooh’s and Artemis Fowl’s adventures. Jules Verne, HG Wells, and Saki...among many others.
"We had great, great fun. And we also discussed the moral and ethical issues some of the books delved into. Fun and intellectually stimulating. What more could you ask for?
"I want to thank JP for having me on her blog to talk about one of my favorite hobby horses. It’s been a pleasure!"
Thank you, C.W., for making the time to be here. I appreciate it and your story!
Learn more about C.W. Hawes
You can learn more about C.W. Hawes and his work by visiting his website at http://www.cwhawes.com. He is the author of several books and short stories in the post-apocalyptic, mystery, alternative history, and horror genres.
His love of fine food, interesting locations, philosophy, music, art, books, and history can be seen in each of his tales. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, suburban Minneapolis, MN, has been his home for nearly 50 years.
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