Read that book!
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If you’re anything like me maybe you have four or five books on the go at any one time. I just adore reading and always have done. And in this pic you can see my Summer reads (on the right) plus my son’s stash of Alex Ryder books donated to the Little Free Library I steward in our village. Those holiday books were all read only 3 days into the holiday too!
Today is National Book Reading day in the UK. In spite of our addiction to online everything 75% of us still read just as much as we did 5 years ago. Proper books too. There is something about opening up a real book and turning the pages that is so different than an e-reader though I also read some things on that too.
In fact the so-called ‘demise of books’ is greatly exaggerated. More and more books are being published every year. Perhaps not by mainstream publishers (my publisher only takes 20 new titles a year) but certainly the self-publishing market is booming. There is a book for everyone and for everyone a book that suits them.
There are massive benefits to reading. Here are some great reasons and at my son’s school last week they even said that reading for just one hour a day improves academic results by up to 20%…
4. Strong analytical skills: Have you ever read an amazing mystery novel, and solved the mystery yourself before finishing the book? If so, you were able to put critical and analytical thinking to work by taking note of all the details provided and sorting them out to determine “whodunnit”.
That same ability to analyze details also comes in handy when it comes to critiquing the plot; determining whether it was a well-written piece, if the characters were properly developed, if the storyline ran smoothly, etc.
5. Improved focus and concentration: In our internet-crazed world, attention is drawn in a million different directions at once as we multi-task through every day. In a single 5-minute span, the average person will divide their time between working on a task, checking email, chatting with a couple of people (via gchat, skype, etc.), keeping an eye on twitter, monitoring their smartphone, and interacting with co-workers. This type of ADD-like behaviour causes stress levels to rise, and lowers our productivity.
When you read a book, all of your attention is focused on the story—the rest of the world just falls away, and you can immerse yourself in every fine detail you’re absorbing.
So, what are you waiting for? Pick up a book today, browse in a bookstore, buy a great book – and read!
Try reading for 15-20 minutes before work (i.e. on your morning commute, if you take public transit), and you’ll be surprised at how much more focused you are once you get to the office.