10 Benefits of Reading Every Day

Benefits of Reading Every Day

The above linked article goes into more detail, but here are the 10 benefits that it lists. Reading every day to me is just part of my day. I look at it as accomplishing something, also, but that is not on the list. When I finish a book, I feel like I can check it off of my list. The other things listed below are part of what I am getting out of daily reading, but they aren’t the main thing.

1. Mental Stimulation

2. Stress Reduction

3. Knowledge

4. Vocabulary Expansion

5. Memory Improvement

6. Stronger Analytical Thinking Skills

7. Improved Focus and Concentration

8. Better Writing Skills

9. Tranquility

10. Free Entertainment

The Curse of the Avid Reader

The curse of the avid reader

The above linked article discusses words that many people mispronounce because they have learned them by reading, not by speaking.

Canapés, amuse-bouche, apropos, and hors d’oeuvre are some of the words discussed. I know that personally some of my words are facade, solder, and foyer.

I do get corrected when I speak some of these words. I do try to use other words instead, if I’m not fully sure of the meaning or pronunciation. I also tend to use smaller, more common words around non readers.

Why I Replaced My Kindle

Why I Replaced My Kindle

I loved the above linked article. It tells about the wonders of the Kindle.

As you know, I love my Kindle. I can carry most of my books with me wherever I go. I do audiobooks on my commute, so that helps me get through a lot more books than I normally would, but my kindle helps me get through a lot more, especially now that I can’t check out physical library books.

I’m so glad that I found another kindle lover with the author of the article. I know there are more of you out there. Speak up!

How to feel well read

How to feel well read

The above linked article is a list of books to read to make yourself well-read. I personally think there are others that one could read, also, but this is a start.

I know I’m not as well-read as I could be, and the fact that I have only read a few of these shows me that. I truly disagree with the fifty shades series being literature and I will continue to refuse to read them. I think that they make no one well-read.

The author’s point, though, was to give the idea that it’s not what you read in certain genres that make you well read, it’s reading across many genres. You don’t want to read just one and say you’ve read a lot.

Another point that the author makes is that the more a person reads, the more that person realizes that she isn’t well- read. There’s always more to read.

Here’s a list of some of the genres the author recommends reading. I disagree with the actual book suggestions, but they are just suggestions and the author’s attempt to get the point of the article across.

Western Classics (Ancient & Modern): to give you a good foundation for the who’s who of Western literature.

Dystopia: the stuff of our worst fears and nightmares.

Science Fiction & Fantasy: we can’t overlook the geeky cousin of the classics, can we?

Great American Novels: these zeitgeist works practically defined a time period of U.S. history.

Literary Heavy Hitters: books that make people go “Whoa, dude!” when you say that you’ve read them.

Popular Fiction: those guilty indulgences that everyone has read (but won’t necessarily admit to it). Warning: this is U.S.-centric, feel free to indulge in your country’s guilty pleasures.

Immigrant Experience (U.S./U.K.): ah, the magical experience of being thrust into a new culture.

Non-Western Classics (Ancient): if Westerners get theirs, so should the rest of the world.

Non-Western Classics (Modern): the stuff that you should read to feel worldly and well-read. (More applicable if you’re from the U.S. or Western Europe.)

Satire: throw in a little giggle into your reading list.

Competitive Book Reading

Competitive book reading

The above linked article tells about how reading challenges have changed the way people read. It claims that the challenges add a layer of guilt if you aren’t reading “fast enough” or reading “all of the books available.” I disagree with it. Yes, I get pushed along with my reading when I am working on a challenge, but if I don’t meet the challenge, I don’t feel guilty. I am only competing with myself. I read for enjoyment. I do keep track of my books, but mostly just to see where I am. I will mark my pages on goodreads, and I will mark and review my finished books. For my own knowledge, not to make anyone else feel bad or good.

It is an interesting article, though. It gave me something to think about.

Reading chair from the 18th century

This photo was posted on a Facebook reading group. It’s of a reading chair from the 18th century. It seems to have all of its attachments which is apparently unusual.

It seems almost unnecessary these days, especially since that seat looks so uncomfortable. Then, I was reminded that books were heavier and rarer in that century, so you really wanted something to rest your hands. Keeping the candle close enough to give light was important, but keeping the candle from burning the books was even more important.

It seems to be missing a spot for your drink and your cat. I guess both of those would do potential damage to the book and the chair, though. Storage for your glasses might be nice, too.

It does look like a handy tool for heavier books. I am sure that any reader at that time in history would enjoy the chair.

Finishing books

I am finally getting to the point where I am able to finish some books! I haven’t gotten around to writing the reviews, so I haven’t posted them here yet. I hope to in the next day or two.

I have completed 56 of my goal of 100 books this year. Most of them were actually in January and February. I am glad I got ahead back when I was feeling like reading. It’s been difficult to concentrate on reading when there is so much of everything else going on in my head.

I am lucky enough to have been working at work, and not solely in the house. I have been doing the household errands for family members while I am out, so that not everyone is going out. One person making one trip to the grocery store for three households is much better than three people going out. Especially if those households have elderly people. Plus, I know it’s done correctly if I do it. (Yes, I am a Virgo, for those who believe in that.)

I am still trying to finish up my painting class for this semester. Zoom meetings twice a week break up my schedule.

I feel like I’m handling the shelter in place fairly well on most days. I just wish I could get more reading done. I know it’ll come back, since I’m getting there slowly.