I always find it strange that people need to be convinced to read. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love books. For me, books have always been magic, gateways to other worlds, other lives. They’re adventures and dreams, knowledge and potential, all packed into conveniently portable packages. Forget apps–no matter what you want or need at any given moment in life, there’s a book for it. How could anyone not instantly see the value in that?
And yet… According to the Pew Research Center, 26% of American adults have admitted to not reading even part of a book in the last year (and I’m sure the numbers are similar in Canada). Clearly a lot of people don’t realize they’re missing out.
If magic, knowledge, and adventure aren’t enough to get you interested, maybe I should also mention that:
Yale researchers found that people who read books for 30 minutes a day live longer than those who read magazines or who don’t read at all.
(This reminds me of an old Twilight Zone episode where someone was reading a book in parts to their elderly relative, always leaving the story on a cliffhanger to keep the person hanging on well beyond a normal lifespan. #goals)
Successful people read (and they share some of their favourite books here).
People who read short stories are more open-minded and creative, according to a University of Toronto study.
Need a short story to get you started? How about “Tooth & Claw,” available free here, and at other online booksellers…
And “Blood Magic,” available free here and at other online booksellers!
You can read more about the benefits of reading books here, or you can just pick up a book and find out for yourself.
What’s your favourite thing about reading? Share in the comments…
Aspasía S. Bissas