More and more frequently these days, I’m turning to books when I’ve got free time, when I’m stressed or when I’m just not feeling well. I think our generation were lucky in the way we grew up and were encouraged to develop a love of reading from a young age … after all there were no smartphones, tablets or, in my case, more than four television channels to distract us back then. Nowadays, reading books offers us a way back to that quiet place in our busy, digital age and it’s something that I’m trying to encourage my children to do more of. These are just some of the reasons why I think reading books is so beneficial. 

Reading improves your concentration – unlike reading a news article, a Tweet or a blog post, reading a book forces you to shut out the world and to “single-task”. It requires you to invest your time into understanding the plot of a new book, to identify with characters and to explore new realms. The more you read, the more likely it is that your focus and concentration will improve.

Reading improves your mind – whether you want to learn about science fiction or essentialism, parenting or economics, there’s a vast selection of books to choose from.

Both Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerburg, currently the 2nd and 4th richest men in the world, have said that reading is key to their success. Gates is reported to read for at least an hour a night and Zuckerburg made a resolution back in 2015 to read a minimum of one book every fortnight. (Source – the Guardian)

Reading increases your imagination and creativity – It allows, and encourages, you to explore new worlds and to broaden your horizons. To imagine and picture things in your own head, rather than just being confronted with them on a television set or screen.

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” – Stephen King.

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” – George R.R. Martin.

Reading reduces stress – researchers at the University of Sussex conducted a study in 2009, which measured the heart rate and muscle tension of participants. It illustrated that it only takes six minutes of reading for the body to start to relax. Perhaps this is why reading is so loved at bedtime, it really does help us sleep.

Reading is cheap entertainment and there are many ways to find new authors/books to enjoy –  struggling to find something new to read, or even the time to read, then try out these tips:

  • Instagram fans can check out the #bookstagram hashtag, a place where you’re likely to find quick reviews and book quotes, as well as beautifully staged photographs of books and anything “bookish”.
  • Head over to your local library – the recent releases section is a great way to pick up new books without a heavy time/financial commitment. Or if you need it to be even quicker than that, check if your library loans ebooks/audiobooks through an app. In the UK, you can use the BorrowBox app for free.
  • Goodreads is a great website to visit. Once you’ve created a list of books you’ve read, the site will recommend books of a similar style that it thinks you may enjoy.

Do you have favourite book that you’ve enjoyed recently, or maybe a favourite place that you love to cosy up with a good book on a cold day? Is it your aim to read more books or to simply find new genres to enjoy? I’d love to hear about it, please comment below if you can.

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36 comments on “Five Reasons Why You Should Read More Books”

  1. I can attest to reading being a way to increase one’s concentration and imagination. If I spend an evening in front of the TV, I feel restless and dull. If I spend an evening reading, my brain feels more alert. I’m not a fast reader, and my favorite books are not deep, “serious” novels but fun books like mystery cozies, Star Trek fan fiction, and spooky ghost stories. But I don’t think you have to be an expert reader to gain the benefits of reading.

    What a coincidence. I was heading out the door to the library when your blog post showed up in my email in-box! Okay, NOW I’m off to the library.:-)

  2. How timely! I have always loved reading books, and always read a lot. Then I had children… I used to read at least one book every fortnight, now I can’t get past the latest baby sleep guide or healthy recipes book! Hopefully your blog will give me the kick that I need.

    • Ahhh, it gets harder to find the time once you have little ones, doesn’t it? On the plus side, you’ll have little people to share books with now, too 📖😍. Thanks for stopping by, Zarja 🙂

  3. I love reading! I’ve loved it since being a little girl and used to stay awake at night reading when I was supposed to be asleep. Life is so busy the older we get and I think it’s important to find something that makes us stop thinking about life’s stresses. Reading certainly makes me relax and I love to do so before bedtime. A great post that reminds me why I love reading so much. 😊

    • It’s lovely to get lost in a book, isn’t it? I can totally relate to staying up late and reading books in childhood, too 😊📖 … I’m so pleased you enjoyed the post, and thanks for stopping by 🙂

  4. I have got to a stage in my life where I feel a need to re-read books that I didn’t fully understand the first time round, for example: Orwell’s ‘1984’. I expect I will go through this again in 20 years or so, too. Thanks for the reminder!

  5. Hi Rachel, I do love a good book and read every evening without fail. I am such a slow reader though it’s laughable and I can never remember book titles, so quite often I’ll say “I read this really good book… Oh, hang on I can’t remember what it was called!”… I also find I have to alternate book genres or I get confused with characters and storylines.

    xx

  6. I love to get lost in a book. I often read if I am on the tube or tram. Just finished City of Friends by Joanna Trollope. It’s not what you would call a high brow read but leaves you with lots to think about.

  7. I agree so much with reducing stress! I made it a new rule this year to switch off the tablet / phone and read even a bit before going to bed and I find that I already sleep so much better! I used to read so much more… But now I fall asleep after half an hour even if the book is good… I am getting old!

  8. I’m a reader – I always have been. I go thru periods of constant reading followed by occasional reading. I always have books ready to read and when I need to relax or avoid stressful situations, I start reading. #MMBC

    • Oh me too, Jayne. I wonder if you’re reading anything good at the moment. Thanks so much for hosting #MMBC and for stopping by. I love catching up with all the lovely blogs on your website x

  9. It’s been an age since I was on Goodreads. I really need to upgrade what I’ve read on it. Last night as well as reading a story to my eldest I read a whole book to myself too. #mmbc

  10. All true & valid reasons as to why reading is so great, and we should be encouraging reading more – in both young & old. I’m a total bookworm myself, and as well as nurturing an interest in stories, it means I now have a four year old who absolutely loves books. Time spent reading together is one of my favourite things to do, and I hope this love of reading remains with him as he grows up.

    Great & inspiring post #MMBC

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