In our first installment, we talked with Sam Maloney, an eighth-grade student at Dickerson Middle School in Cobb County. Sam, who is currently re-reading Vol. 2 of Edward Gibbon’s classic Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, shared his favorite books, the best thing he read recently, and more.
EGF: We know it’s not a simple question, but can you sum up why you love reading? What’s your favorite thing about enjoying a good book?
Sam: Honestly, I love reading because it passes the time and offers me more knowledge. My favorite thing about a new book is the new experience it gives me and the new knowledge I gain. When I read, I feel like I am wrapped up in the people and places and ideas in books.
Have you always been a reader, and how did you learn to love reading?
Yes, I think so. I have been a reader for as long as I can remember. I read a great book series called Harry Potter when I was little, and that got me into the whole pleasure of going places inside the words and pages of books.
- Harry Potter series (I cannot pick just one.)
- Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy (Again, I cannot pick just one.)
- Gibbon’s The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volumes 1- 3 (Volumes 4-6 are just, eh.)
What’s the best book you read recently?
Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations is the best book I’ve read recently. Basically this is his entire theory of the economic system that we’ve had for the last 200 years. One idea is that every bit of the economy has equal value and that the more steps you can get into the manufacturing process, the more steps of labor, the better. Then everyone has money to spend, which fuels the economy. That in a nutshell is why automation is going to cause a breakdown in Smith’s ideas and is something we really need to think about.
What are you reading now?
I am re-reading Gibbon’s Volume 2 right now so that I can study up more on the Late Roman Empire.
If you had to tell other students why they should read for fun, what would you say?
It’s fun to know a lot of things, and it’s fun to escape into the world of a book. Reading will give you a better perspective on the world.
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