Do You Want To Read More?

Do you remember when you were young and it felt like you were in a beautiful new world filled with surprises whenever you opened the pages of a book? It was also a great escape from the scary and tiring world outside? Wasn’t it?

I remember many days like that.

But now, do you struggle to read as much as you’d like to?

I do! If I am not working, I am trying to do 3 things at the same time. And it’s extremely difficult to do that when you only have 2 hands. I’m sure you know exactly how this feels.

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To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge — W. Somerset Maugham

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I always find stats interesting, so I thought I’d add a few here about reading. It will just amaze you and probably push you to read more often.

50% of U.S. adults are unable to read an 8th-grade level book.

1 Million words read annually by a person who reads 15 minutes a day.

33% U.S. high school graduates who will never read a book after high school.

42% of college students who will never read another book after they graduate.

80% of US families did not buy or read a book last year.

Just reading that makes me want to open a book to read. Isn’t that sad?

No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading. ~ Confucius

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Want to read more? Follow these helpful steps:

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5 Steps To Help You Read More

1. Pick out a good book and have a never ending list of books that you want to read.

My brother has a book in which he writes down all the books he wants to read and then also writes down the ones he’s finished reading.

This is a great practice to get into as it will push you to read and track your progress. Others do this in GoodReads (Come follow my reading journey! Add me, as I’d love to see your reading adventures too!) You can track your page progress and also write your thoughts throughout the reading process.

Another way to find great books to read is to head over to your favorite social media platform. Ask your friends for book recommendations.

You’ll be all set.

2. Where’s your reading nook?

Set up a special place where you can read at home. Is there a special place that you can set up a little sanctuary to encourage your reading habit?

How about adding floor pillows, a throw blanket, and some candles to a corner in your study? Make it a vacation from daily life.

Make your reading break a small vacation from daily life.

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3. Set a time.

When are you going to designate time to read?

Creative Idea: Try reading in 10-minute increments. Break that up throughout the day. They say that if you take a reading break throughout the day that you’ll be able to reenergize and reflect which can help you be more productive and creative.

Read for 10 minutes whenever you need a small break. It will help you recharge.

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Keep your book with you at all times. (Put it in your purse. Work locker. Your desk. Gym bag.)

Creative Idea: When you keep your book with you, you’ll never have a boring moment when waiting in line at a store, in a waiting room, or on your daily commute. But please, don’t read while you are driving. I’ve seen some people driving down the road while reading a book. Just. Don’t.

4. Have you been wanting to cut back on watching tv? and or movies?

Turn off the tv and read instead. (link of keep electronics off before bed time. Read instead)

How to cut back on screen time before bed: Create a charging station in another room. This way, your phone, computer, and other electronics are out of sight and out of mind. You can set your alarm on your phone as a backup but think seriously about using a real alarm clock.

5. Want to go on a book adventure?

Take a trip to the library and get a library card. The outing will excite you and also help you save some money if you are trying to stick to a budget like I am. I love buying books.

You could also go to a used book shop

Why You Should Read More Often

1. It will help you be more creative. 

Reading opens a whole new world to you. You’ll be introduced to new places, interesting characters and people, and intriguing situations that will make you think more about life.

You’ll also stretch your creative thinking muscles.

Stretch your creative thinking muscles by reading every day.

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Creative Idea: They say that reading more will make you a better writer. It makes sense, right?

2. You’ll have a sweet escape from bad days. Stress reduction

4. Helps you expand your vocabulary (the average

The average American adult has the reading level of a 7th or 8th grader. Isn’t that crazy?

The average American adult has the reading level of a 7th-8th grader.

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In the media and publishing world, people are constantly trying to dumb down the reading experience. Have you ever been told by your editor to not use certain words that your readers might not understand?

Yep, that is dumbing down society.

I really think that is hogwash. Because really, we should be encouraging and helping people become better. That includes getting better at literacy and vocabulary.

The 15% figure for full literacy, equivalent to a university undergraduate level, is consistent with the notion that the “average” American reads at a 7th or 8th-grade level.

5. Improve your memory

Who doesn’t want to improve their memory?

Reading and taking in new words, while using your imagination will help you improve your memory.

All In All, We Should Be Reading More

Let’s plan on reading more. It’ll help us get more creative ideas and heck, it’s even good for you. Start out with a small goal and work towards reading so many books a month.

You’ve got this.

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