Book club encourages youngsters to read

Club members, Ziphozonke Siyaya, Nombuso Mthimkhulu, Selulekiwe Mthembu and Nompilo Mkhulisi who enjoy reading books.

We live in a time where young people seek pleasure by either partying or surfing the internet and social media. Gone are the days when young people bonded with each other or read a book. This is not the case with the Crazed Book Club.

Club members, Ziphozonke Siyaya, Nombuso Mthimkhulu, Selulekiwe Mthembu and Nompilo Mkhulisi believe reading is the still the most relevant way to educate oneself and seek pleasure.

“When I read I feel like I am jumping out of the real world,” Mthimkhulu said.  The software student at Software High Academy said that reading makes her see life from other people’s perspective and learn about places she has never gone to before.

She said, “When you read you explore life outside of your immediate surroundings. You learn about people who went through different experiences.”

Mthimkhulu said that she enjoys reading fiction and autobiographies. The book crazed members recently celebrated National Book Month by having a picnic.

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According to the South African government online, the observance of book week is an initiative of the South African Book Development Council (SADC) in co-operation with the Department of Arts and Culture. National Book Week is an important initiative which encourages the nation to value reading as a fun and pleasurable activity.

Club co-coordinator, Selulekiwe Mthembu, said that reading is important because it makes you understand how other people think. She said that she recently read Trevor Noah’s ‘Born a Crime’ because she admires the way Noah thinks.

“Sometimes I don’t really care about who you are as an author. I care about what you think and how creative you can be,” she said. Mthembu said that the Book Crazed Club consists of nine members, five of which were not present at the celebration.

“We buy and share books and encourage one another to read often,” Mthembu said.  Public Management student at DUT, Ziphozonke Siyaya, said that reading is important because it improves your vocabulary. Siyaya took an interest in book clubs in high school. He found himself falling in love with reading and found that people who read are fascinating.

Nompilo Mkhulisi likes the way people who read hold conversations. “Reading gives you an open mind and ideas to be able to interact with different people,” Mkhulisi said.

Anele Nduzulwana

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