Max Turner: A Reading Ruler

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Max Turner: A Reading Ruler

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In a country where the film industry is constantly growing with no end in sight, the book industry is on its way down. Junior Max Turner, despite the current culture of visual media, prefers a more ‘written-down’ form of media.

“How many books I read depends on what I’m doing,” Turner said. If all I do is read, I could read 2 or 3 books a week. If I’m on my computer a lot, I still read maybe 1 or 1 and a half books in a week.”

Turner’s love for books comes from the effect they have on him.

“The fun part about reading is that books take you to another place,” Turner said.

The after-effect of the books he reads also entices him to indulge in his habit even more.

“Another cool part about books is that you can continue to think about them after they are done,” Turner said. “It’s fun to make up your own stories in that world even after the book is done. The ending of a series isn’t technically the end.”

Most people in the United States would prefer to watch the Harry Potter films rather than read the book series tied to it, but not Turner.

“I think people should read more,” Turner said. “It improves their grammatical skills and it can just help you in general. It can help you process things faster, think a bit faster and you could actually understand people when they say certain things.”

The past election cycle has made this point even more relevant according to Turner.

“Reading can also help you get new perspectives on things,” Turner said. “Say you are on the left and read something about the right or vice versa. You could understand their point if you read books from their perspective.”

Turner’s preference in books not only entertains him, but it also teaches him some important lessons.

“My favorite series’ would be Empire about Julius Caesar,” Turner said. “It’s a historical fiction. The other one is another historical fiction about Genghis Khan and his life with the Mongols. Even though those are both historical fictions, my favorite genre is post-apocalyptic. You get to see how people rebuild things, reform society, and cope with a new lifestyle.”

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