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“No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.” – Confucius
I write a lot of book reviews on Self Help Daily. I’ve noticed that books seem to be getting better than ever. There really have been some remarkable books published over the past few years. It’s as though authors and publishers “get” what they’re up against with games, technology, and computers. Instead of caving in, they’re simply stepping up their game like never before. It’s as though they welcome (and love) the challenge.
Whatever their motivation, I’ll just continue to enjoy the pleasure and growth that they’re providing and pray that they keep it up.
If you don’t already have a passionate relationship with reading, as a mental fitness devotee, I urge you to grab yourself a new book today and begin a lifelong relationship with reading. It’s one of the greatest habits you can develop and one of the few that you’ll ALWAYS take more out of than you put in.
A few suggestions:
- Choose an author and begin reading every single book he or she has ever written. A few I’ve been reading for ages are Agatha Christie, Dean Koontz, Nicholas Sparks, William Shakespeare, and Lilian Jackson Braun. I’ve recently fallen hard for Nora Roberts and I notice that I have a lot of catching up to do with her books. Does the lady ever take a day off?
- Branch out into genres that are completely new to you. I have to admit, I went through a period of time when I thought there were only two types of books: 1. Mysteries, and 2. Those I’d never touch. When I was a teenager, I always had a Dr. Pepper in one hand and an Agatha Christie book in the other. When I branched out for a tremendous love affair with the Anne of Green Gables series of books, I realized that there was literary life beyond Hercule Poirot. Then, years later when I discovered Dean Koontz… my oh my! What a crazy world opened before me. What would Agatha have thought?
- Never underestimate how great non-fiction books are. I love non-fiction books every bit as much as I love fiction books. Actually, I think I prefer non-fiction books. Biographies, auto-biographies, and historical novels fascinate me beyond belief. Choosing a period of time and reading everything you can get your hands on about it is educational AND entertaining.
- Read Online. If you’re one of those people who prefers reading online, feel perfectly free to do so. There are endless articles, essays, and yes, even stories online. When I have a crisp new book I feel like a kid with a brand new bike. Oh, the possibilities! However, finding a fascinating new website – or a new article on a favorite website (such as National Geographic, Discovery Channel, History.com, etc) is just as exciting.
One final piece of the puzzle, so to speak: Be certain that you read about many different things. Don’t be educationally nearsighted! Don’t just read within one or two genres – branch out, extend your scope, and broaden your horizon. Our brains LOVE to be challenged and they thrive on learning new things. And isn’t a thriving brain what we’re all after?!?!
Make each moment count double,