3 Simple Steps to A Well-Read Life
How to get on the right reading path
Book of the Month
Here's a surprising new trend: young adults are reading more books than previous generations '“ and they're reading more physical books as well. Considering that the average American adult now spends more than 11 hours per day staring at an electronic screen of some sort, it actually makes sense that young people are embracing the comfort and quality of a true 'œIRL' book.
Scientific studies have shown that reading reduces stress, improves focus, and strengthens critical thinking skills. Most important, the best books are great entertainment and will enrich your life. Think about it '“ great stories often can't be captured in an hour or two of screen time.
Truth is, you owe it to yourself to read at least one really good book each month. Here are three easy steps that will get you on the right reading path in no time:
1. PURGE: Keep the books you really love, and get rid of the rest. Be merciless! Dog-eared thriller #22 that you bought at the airport last year? Out! Half-read books or six month 'œTBR'? Vamoosh! Box these relics up and donate to a local thrift store or library.
2. COMMIT: Commit to making this happen. Think about the types of books you like to read: Emotional? Thrilling? Make sure to select engaging books you'll be excited to dive in to. And, to get the most out of your reading time, you'll want to push yourself a bit in terms of new authors, styles and genres.
3. SCHEDULE: Finally, set up a system for staying on track. The simplest way is to always pick your next book on the first day of each month, and finish it before the month ends. You can do this by setting reminders to yourself, or by joining a service like Book of the Month that will keep you informed about great new titles and prompt you when it's time to select your next book.
As bestselling author John Green says, 'œGreat books help you understand, and they help you feel understood.' So get with the program and step your up your reading game today. However you make it happen, we wish you great journeys and fabulous adventures ahead.