Anon and I have been having a conversation with regards to books. It started after he read my recent post, Bob Bly is in my Home. Anon wonders if reading books is worthwhile at all?
Reading for me is second nature. I read just about anything, anywhere- advertisements, kid's story books, the odd comic lying around at the doctor's office, scraps of newspaper my glass bowls are wrapped in, and books I select because something in them has tickled my fancy.
Having said this, I do know people who don't read books the traditional way. Take my husband for instance. His bedside table is piled higher than mine with books. But I've yet to see him read a single one. He'll spend hours though on his laptop, reading articles on topics which interest him. He's also much more up to date on current events than I am.
How you read isn't really important. I don't believe I would enjoy a kindle as much as I do holding a paper novel in my hands. But I do know that if the choice was down to kindle or nothing at all, I'd grab the kindle in a second.
Why is reading important? Simply put, it broadens your horizons. It takes you to places and events you otherwise might not be able to visit. It stimulates your mind and challenges your thoughts. It's like a physical exercise for your brain.
Reading expands your current knowledge and can makes you an expert in your field. No matter your education level, you can keep up with what you've learnt simply by picking up a book. Also, things change and books allow you to delve deep into the history of a certain subject, and trace it up until it's present day, and even go along with it well into the future.
A couple of months ago, I also wrote this post: Read a lot, Write a lot.
If you want to get into the book-reading habit, but are not sure where or how to begin, consider this- Brian Tracy talks about effective habits. Try anything for a certain number of days in a row, and it becomes a habit. Some examples could be - drinking 8 glasses of water each day, or getting in 10 minutes of exercise each day, or reading a book each day.
Try reading a book each day. It may take you a week or a month, but set yourself 10-30 minutes each day. Don't vary in the time you've selected or the day's you've chosen to apply this - and by the end of 21 days, your book reading habit should have taken root.
Enjoy your reading!