Published on September 6th, 2017 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw
Read a Book Day
Today is Read a Book Day and it appears there is a new generation of bookworms amongst us. Children are reading more than ever and many prefer printed books to digital devices.
Reading is not just a pleasure, it can also apparently prolong our life expectancy. In a study by Yale University in 2016 it was found that people who read for at least 30 minutes a day over several years live around two years longer than non-readers.
For children, going back to school this week, the joy of reading is on the rise. Sales of children’s books in the UK increased by 16% in 2016. One in every four pounds spent on printed book titles is for children’s books. Whilst we may think children would be more comfortable with reading on digital devices, these often provide too many distractions. Therefore, reading a book is a more concentrated and enjoyable experience.
Children’s Favourite Authors
The success of JK Rowling has now been followed by David Walliams, his bestselling children’s books have been likened to the great Roald Dahl. However, old favourites continue to be popular.
Over one hundred and fifty years after it was first released, the magical world of Alice in Wonderland continues to enchant readers. In our previous article, The Man Behind Wonderland we discussed how Lewis Carroll created Alice and the incredible wonderland world she discovered. Lewis Carroll apparently suffered from a rare neurological condition which caused hallucinations and giving the sense that objects were bigger or smaller than they were. Hence, it is clear where he got the inspiration for his books’ surreal themes.
Beatrix Potter is another author whose popularity continually passes down the generations. She wrote 28 books including The Tale of Peter Rabbit and The Tale of Mrs Tiggy Winkle. Over the past year, the Post Office Shop has been celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Beatrix Potter’s birth.
Her “Little Tales” have been translated into 35 different languages and have sold over 100 million copies worldwide. In particular, Beatrix Potter is very big in Japan. So much so that Japanese tourists flock to The World of Beatrix Potter tourist attraction in the Lake District. There is even a replica of the author’s Hill Top home, theme park and Mr McGregor’s gardens at one of Japan’s largest banks.
Get Inspired to Read
We tend to concentrate our attention on our children, making sure they have sufficient reading time. As a result, we may have fallen out of the habit of sitting down to read a good book ourselves. So, Read a Book Day is certainly is the day to put that right. If your excuse has been that you are too busy, follow these 5 top tips.
Make Some Time
Schedule 20-30 minutes into your day for reading just as you would for any other appointment.
Always Carry a Book
Put a book or your eReader in your bag so when you have a few free minutes on the bus, or during your lunch break you can read for a few minutes.
Read for Pleasure
What books do you enjoy to read? Maybe you would like to re-read a favourite from your childhood? Is there a certain genre you like such as the crime novels of Agatha Christie? You are more likely to keep reading if the subject interests you.
Set a Target
Decide to read a certain number of books in a set time scale. So, between now and the end of year think about how many books you could realistically get through. There is no point in setting an impossible goal or you will get disheartened. When you reach your target, you will feel a real sense of achievement.
Join a Book Club
Not only will you meet new friends but you will also discover new books that you may never have thought of reading. It is estimated that there are around 50,000 book clubs in the UK so there is bound to be one near you.
Happy reading everyone.