You're the Voice: Sophie on getting carried away with books
May is going to be a monster month of Voices! I had some visitors to my kennel (yaaaay!) recently. I was told they're doing "work experience", but really they were here to get my autograph. It's such a hard life, being a rock-star reader. It did give me a chance to talk to them about what they love reading.
This week I'd like to introduce you to Sophie:
A good book is like a girl’s journal, a check list, or it can be like a little kick in the right direction. We have all been in the situation where a book has taken us on some great adventure through Mordor (Lord of The Rings) or have had our heart wrenched out by Charlie (Perks of Being a Wallflower). And I know this may sound cliché, but books really do have the power to make us laugh or cry. With a good book you can easily step into the main characters' shoes. Reading takes me away from the harsh reality of everyday or gives me a new view to what is been seen or is happening in my life.
'Oh Gus you really know a way to a girl's heart, you really shouldn’t have, please dinner is amazing, marry you yes yes'.... Sophie... Wake up, stop kissing your pillow.
...I may get a tiny bit carried away while reading books by people such as John Green (although just to let you know I am Gus’ girlfriend)... or reading books like Lord of The Rings and allowing myself to get captured in the essences of the great expedition. Books can also act as guides: Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris has taught me that sniffing on a train loudly or walking while eating and twitting is ‘So not Chic!’
Dreaming of Dior and Dream of Chanel sent me on a marvellous fashion journey through history and over America, Paris and Africa, inviting me into the lives of amazing women with a great sense of fashion.
Reading can become a chore or be forced upon us by teachers or the people around us.
‘Hey Sophie you should read this really great massive book on leaves.’
‘Sure Nan,’ I say while slowly stashing it behind my bed.
Yes, I love my Nan and value her suggestions, but times have changed and we, being teenagers, are not really too fascinated about most types of leaves. I am not telling you to say no to suggestions - you may find out that a book about leaves has changed your life. I would recommend seeking out recommendations from people that have the same interests and hobbies as you.
One big thing: don't forget to read the classics. Hamlet, To Kill a Mockingbird, Catcher In the Rye... Classics are not only a part of literature history but also make you seem a whole lot smarter if you have them sitting on your book shelf. (Okay, I haven’t read them myself, but I love them for their potential to make me smarter and for people to look at my book shelf and be like ‘Wow! Who is this sophisticated young woman?’)
Need I go on???
Okay I will stop but I do insist: Read away. Be caught on the train laughing like a baboon and immerse yourself in the wonderful world of books.
Warning: Reading does become highly addictive.
- Sophie;15 years old; Brunswick Secondary College (Vic).
If you'd like to do work experience with me at the State Library of Victoria, please see their website for details.