With things like TV and video games it is pretty easy for kids to pass on the option to sit down and read a book, but three students from St. Francis Catholic Academy say they prefer to read more than any other activity people do during their downtime.
Grade 9 student Jaden Salmond says he started reading at the age of three and by four years old he was already reading chapter books.
Salmond says he mainly likes to read fiction fantasy books and his favourite book is The Power of 6 by Pittacus Lore.
Salmond explains the book is basically about aliens from another planet who drop down to earth and start developing powers, which Salmond says is good because it helps them fend off other evil aliens that are disguised as people.
Salmond says in a month he probably reads close to 10 books.
One of Salmond’s favourite authors is Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series.
“I’ve never been into video games and TV is just like meh, books just envelope you in this imaginary place where you decide what’s happening; like what it looks like.”
Grade 10 Student David Shaillaker says his favourite type of books to read include science fiction books, fantasy, and mythology.
Shaillaker says his favourite book is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling.
“I had a great time reading it even though I had seen the movie previously and the book adds a lot more detail and some things from the book didn’t make it into the movie.”
Currently, Shaillaker is reading the Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan, who is his favourite author.
Shaillaker explains he enjoys reading because it allows him to relax as he mostly reads books in bed at night.
Grade 9 student Jade Mellsen says her favourite book is the Maze Runner by James Dashner. She says the way the author writes the book makes it fun, and the book has a lot of sarcasm in it.
“I have seen the movie and it compares really well with the book. The second and third movie kind of steer away from the series- lots added and taken away.”
Mellsen also enjoys reading Rick Riordan like her fellow avid readers.
The genre of books Mellsen likes to read the most include fantasy and sci-fi.
Mellsen adds she spends most her free time reading and reads about 10 to 12 books in one month.
“I like the smell of old books she says they have a relaxing scent to them that lets my imagination run free.”
Jaden Salmond, David Shaillaker and Jade Mellsen in the school library.