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What do you have on your bookcase? A blog by Reading Hacker Leah

20 November 2015

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Leah Reading Hacker.jpg Every day we read; whether it’s a book, a message from friends or even a sign on the road. As a university student, I often question what I read more; academic articles or cooking recipes. Reading is an important part of our lives.

Why should I read?

Accessibility. Why not try an e-book? Books in the local library are a great way to get free entertainment. People often say that they can’t concentrate or that reading is too challenging. Dyslexia can be a challenge, but nothing screams encouragement more than an audiobook, many of which are accessible on YouTube. There is more than one way to ‘read’ a book.

Whether the format is audio, text, images or a combination, and no matter what type of reading it is, you can choose what is best for you and pamper yourself with some knowledge of a world beyond your sofa, without ever leaving it. What more could you ask for?

Reading is social

Reading can be something you do amongst friends and family. Imagine: you’re all sat around a cosy warm fire at Christmas, drinking hot chocolate and taking it in turns to read parts of a story, maybe talking about books that you’ve read. Despite the archetypal image of reading groups, reading is more than just ‘taking it in turns’, it can be really fun!

Reading is inspirational

It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do. Reading can inspire. A writer needs inspiration from somewhere; you can’t write with nothing to say.

Read, gain life experience and share it with the world. It’s a joyful gift and it doesn’t have to be a chore. Education may dictate what you read but just because you don’t enjoy these books, does not mean there is not something out there for you!

What does your bookcase say about you? Think of a bookcase as being your mind, and treat it with respect and tender loving care. Treat yourself with something to read.