“The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.”
–Ursula K. Le Guin
What was your favorite book as a child? What stories filled you with wonder and excitement? What are your favorite books today, and when was the last time you were able to read them? Reading can benefit everyone, whether you’re a lifelong bookworm or you haven’t picked up a book since high school. This week, we dive into why you should — and how you can — read a little more.
Though we know reading is important, many of us haven’t “read for fun” since our last book report in English class. But casual reading does more than enable us to pass a quiz on Of Mice and Men. Our lives benefit a great deal from reading, and this video highlights some reasons why.
When we want to read, the challenge becomes finding time to read. Maybe we make a New Year’s resolution to read more, but suddenly it’s October, and we haven’t started our reading list yet. You don’t have to trap yourself in a library just to get some reading in. This article from the Harvard Business Review offers eight simple strategies to help you read more every day.
Wait, what are comics doing in a segment on reading? For decades, comics have been slapped with the label of “childish medium,” but this is far from the truth. Comics are an incredible form of storytelling! In 1992, the graphic novel Maus won a Pulitzer Prize, and Time magazine included the comic Watchmen on their list of best 100 novels. If getting into a traditional book is a struggle, this list of celebrated comics might be just what you need.
Just For Fun: Quiz: What Book Should You Actually Be Reading
Making time to read is a book lover’s ultimate challenge in this busy world. And even when you have a moment to cuddle up with a good book, the question becomes which book? If you’re searching for your next late-night read, try this fun quiz! Is it time to reread Harry Potter, or is something from Stephen King more up your alley? Find out in a few questions.
To living vicariously through books,