I used to love reading as a kid, but it wasn’t something I did as regularly in my teens. I now break out into a cold sweat if I don’t have something at hand to read, so I can easily get through a couple of novels month.
You don’t need to be a literary genius or speed reader to enjoy reading. You don’t even necessarily have to like novels in the traditional form.
Graphic novels, true crime, sci-fi, biography and autobiography, self-help, sports, non-fiction, romance, comedy, mystery and thrillers…
Whilst I’ve never come around to eBooks, they are a great way to amass a collection and get some cheap reads to try out new authors and genres. To me, you can’t beat a good book, and that means physically turning pages and using a real bookmark (or folding the page corners, if you’re ‘one of those people’!)
Reading has a range of benefits, both physiological and psychological, and it’s amazing how getting absorbed in a story can give you some distance and help you zone out from real life for a while.
- Can educate you, broaden your horizons, introduce you to new things
- Give you a much needed break from reality
- Or it can challenge you and make you think
- Can entertain and lift your mood
- Is a great talking point and something to share; it doesn’t have to just be a solo activity if you don’t want it to be
- Lowers blood pressure and reduces stress
- Can spark your creativity and provide inspiration
Reading can be a gift to indulge in, whether you’re a bookworm that takes to books like a coffee addict takes to Starbucks, or more selective in flicking through something every now and then.
What’s even better is that there’s no short supply of books. Your local library, The Book Depository (I love this place as books are competitively priced & delivery is free!), The Works (good for a bargain spot), Waterstones and Amazon are all great places for a browse.
For the last couple of years I seem to have a penchant for American crime thrillers. Karin Slaughter, James Patterson, Harlan Coben, Michael Connelly, Tami Hoag, Kathy Reichs, Lisa Jackson, Jonathan Kellerman… Just can’t get enough! Well, if you can’t be a kick ass detective in real life, then this is the next best thing.
What are you reading at the moment?