Old books are not always bad

Mackenzie Freund, City Editor

Books are something that give me a whole other form of enjoyment.

I do not just mean novels, although they are my favorite.

I have this thing where I very much enjoy reading textbooks, unless they are assigned to me.

I recently worked a book sale for one of the organizations I am involved in and I ended up buying myself 24 used books and booklets for me to read.

They are all about journalism and media and how to write things. Some of them may be dated, but they also allow me to take the old ideas and find ways to apply them to how things are today.

What I like about reading the old books is that I can take the old ideas and make them new.

What I like about the new books is that I can take those ideas and make them newer.

Four of the books I got were about court cases in regards to the constitution.

With my minor being political science, this interested me because I like learning about court cases and how they have impacted our country.

Being a journalism major, these books also help me think about how I would have covered that court case if I was a reporter at that time.

This may make me sound like a nerd, but I love it.

I love being able to open a book and see that there is something I can do that can help me practice and gain more skills for my future career.

It makes me wonder why people always seem to pass up these kinds of chances when they see a book sale.

Reading is not just for fiction and entertainment. Reading can be enjoyed no matter the kind of books they may be.

There seems to be this thought that just because something is assigned to us, whether it is a textbook or a novel, that it is automatically uninteresting.

Why is this the way some people think?

Textbooks can be one of the best things we can ever read, especially if they are something we need to read for the rest of our lives.

That is why I read books involving  court cases and old versions of textbooks I may have.

Just because something is assigned, doesn’t mean we should just ignore them and find them uninteresting.

I have seen people read some of the “most boring” books and now they are successful in their careers because they took these ideas and made them into something that is helping them be successful.

Whenever you get the chance, try not to pass up a book sale before you know what you are passing up.

For all you know, you could be passing up the chance to read a book written by your favorite star.


Mackenzie Freund is a junior journalism major. She can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected]