Celebrate the joy of reading

Yusuf showing one of his writings titled ‘Semangat Tanah’. Photos: Mohd Alif Noni

KUCHING: It’s safe to say that reading can change your life for the better, and the importance of reading is undeniable.

If you think that you hate reading books, then perhaps you have yet to find the genre of your liking — but keep trying and keep searching for what’s right for you.

According to a bibliophile, Yusuf Mustanir, since childhood, he never missed reading, especially the newspapers.

Although he is now 63 years old, he does not consider that as an excuse for him not to read. In fact, he has his own mission — reading at least 100 books a year!

“By reading, especially newspapers, it can help improve one’s intellect because newspapers are loaded with a variety of useful information in terms of politics, economy, social, technology, sports, entertainment, literature, crime and so on.

Among the newspapers that Yusuf reads every day.

“Reading newspapers can also indirectly help a person expand his vocabulary.

“If a person regularly reads newspapers, he will not hesitate to debate or discuss something based on facts,” he said, adding that society, especially the younger generation, should continue the habit of reading to develop their minds.

Reading also allows for creative thinking, helps improve concentration, helps reduce stress and much more.

A book is one of the most powerful things in the world, offering you new opportunities to learn, grow and be inspired. Its benefits make reading a non-negotiable habit.

A book can be many different things. It can be a guide when you are lost. It can be a companion when you feel alone. Therefore, step away from your computer or smartphone for a little while, crack open a book and replenish your soul.