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The wonderful experience of a good book

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Recently I have been playing games with my conversation classes to liven things up a bit and to get the conversation flowing. One of the games we have been playing is called “Would you rather”, in which you have to propose two different situations to the players and ask them which one they would rather experience. Simple enough, until you have to explain why you prefer one situation to the other and are forced to really think about your decision.

For me one of the most difficult decisions followed this question: “Would you rather never be able to listen to music again or never be able to read a book again?” I mean these are two cornerstones of culture and art, picking between them seemed impossible. A life without music or a life without reading, it is a difficult choice. But after a few moments thought everything became clear and without hesitation I said I would rather have a life without music than without books.

Why?! I hear you screaming, well I will tell you and maybe you will agree. For me a good book is like the door to another world, the beginning of an adventure that you may share with hundreds of other people reading the same book but it is unique to you and your own imagination. You can get lost with the characters, become invested in their journey and experience their emotional ups and downs along with them.

There have been times where I have stayed up all night to finish a book and I have ended up emotionally exhausted and drained once the experience was over. I mourn the deaths of characters in almost the same way I would friends in real life. I celebrate their achievements and successes with them as enthusiastically as I would my own.

I am not trying to say that music cannot elicit the same response but for me nothing can replace the journey that you begin when you pick up a new book for the first time and begin an adventure that will take you from the first page to the last, and sometimes even further.


Do you think music or books are more important in your life? Why?


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Forever_in__dream 15 March, 2016 - 18:23

As for me, I prefer books. When you are read a book you become to be one of the characters of this book, you live their life and feel everything they feel, experience everything this book tell. It's a great pleasure to abstract from the world reading your favorite book! It doesn't compared to listening to music. I can live without music, but I can't be without books. With books you learn something new and then share it with your friends. The whole world is in books for me! I really love reading and recently I started to read literature in English. I found it doubly incredible! But I'm very sorry that so many people don't read book...May be they do not understand that feeling when you are reading a book. Anyway, books are more important then music for me.

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Nadoda_362 3 May, 2015 - 08:43

Of course books are more important!! i love reading a lot!! Books are more important than listening to music, because by books our minds travel to different places all around the world, the also widen our horizons and books help us to know about the past, present and even future!!

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Silvermist 24 January, 2015 - 16:48

The books. They re my life. Music could be left out but it is also good and relaxing.......but books have a greater advantage, one that no one could steal from us.

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eden06 12 June, 2014 - 21:42

Yes, I really like reading. I read as soon as possible. I appreciate french litterature and of course, I've favorite authors : Zola, Maupassant, Balzac :)

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hakunamatata 13 August, 2014 - 11:28

In my opinion reading is very important for everyone. I am agree that book gives you chance to operate your imagination and beacuse of that during reading you can get angry you can feel happiness or sadness,you can laugh like crazy and also cry,like exactly YOU are the hero of that story. But music is important too and it is giving you pleasue in it's way. For example I'm writing songs, and that time I'm travelling to the other place, I'm travelling to my own world and it's helps me to feel better. During listening to the music you can easily find yourself in every word if you choose exactly your song. Both are interesting and giving you chance to recognize yourself. The only thing which you must do is just enjoy ;)

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Gali_N89 5 June, 2014 - 01:56

Well, if I had been in your place, the truth is that had thought like you, that is true, I cry when characters suffer, I am happy when they are, I feel the character.

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MiuMiu 2 May, 2014 - 10:09

“Would you rather never be able to listen to music again or never be able to read a book again?”
Why has this question? :(
Music and book, I love both. I love all things create my life. So can't compare this with other :(

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Nazrin 25 April, 2014 - 11:44

music and books is important in my life...i am always listening music and i am reading books :)

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cklj 6 April, 2014 - 16:41

For me books are more important but I love both. Music is sometimes my shelter, but the songs last approximately 5 minutes and a's a journey to another city, world, journey you can enjoy in for over 400 pages or more. I always feel strange and even sad when I finish reading a good book. The impression that a book can left is usually impossible to feel in one song.

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SweetRobin3 14 March, 2014 - 19:12

yes they are ! because life won't be interesting without books and music
we must read more and more books to learn new information :)

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enhoha 12 March, 2014 - 08:25

In my opinion, books are more interesting and useful. They not only help us entertain, but also provide a huge amount of knowledge through many generations. The books are invaluable resource of human.

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Amazing 7 March, 2014 - 23:48

Books are more important in my life.
The books allow me to have a better understanding of the world in that I live, besides serving as an escape valve. I couldn't live without books.

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marinusca 4 March, 2014 - 20:21

For me there are both important.i love music because it is my pasion and i like books because they are my break.

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dzeni 4 March, 2014 - 13:24

They are both important in my life. I can`t live without music but reading is interesting and useful and I like it too.

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Niluh 27 February, 2014 - 15:29

For me, both music and reading are important, i often read while the music is playing so it's difficult to choose one of them.

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readingskills 25 February, 2014 - 17:29

A book is equal to 100 friends..................books are good friends and do not take from its reader but also give again again........................

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Harabeli Supersweet 25 February, 2014 - 17:29

They're both important. But I think that books are even more, because they can help everybody, while music is sometimes hard to understand. Reading a book gives us the chance to learn something new and to have fun. It's like you discover a new world. Book can change the way that we see the world and our lives. I would choose books instead of music.

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serap 25 February, 2014 - 16:13

Books are important, because while you're reading a book you go into a fantasy world. And music is also nice, it makes you feel more comfortable when you're bored, nervous or sad!

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QueenD 25 February, 2014 - 13:06

I love both.They make me happier and better person.If there were no books or music i don't know how would i survive :)

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justcricketforme 25 February, 2014 - 09:59

I think books are more important. They create our imagination, be our best friends, are fun and informative! Music is also important because it's relaxing and fun.

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