National Reading Day

Reading is great for the soul, it is great for the mind, it is fun, informative and a great way to escape for a short while and hide beneath the pages. There are many different types of books out there, something for all ages and various genres to satisfy each individual’s interests.

We have books of all kinds available to us for free in public libraries, to buy brand new in book stores, second hand in charity shops, on our mobile phones or kindles and even just online!
We have books of different genres:
– Fiction
– Non-fiction
– Fantasy
– History
– Comedy
– Romance
– Crime
– Sci-fi
– Comic Books
– Children’s Books
– Picture Books
– Audio Books
And many many more!

Access to books has grown massively over the years. Yet the number of books that the average person reads each year has decreased. The average amount of books read by one person in the space of one year was twelve. Most frequent reports say that the average number of books read by one person in a year is just four.

Statistics taken from the United States say that people between the ages of 20 and 34 are the people who read the least, with an average reading time of 6.6 minutes per day. Teenagers read for 1.8 minutes longer than this and elderly people, over the age of 75 read the most, with an average of 51 minutes per day.

We should be encouraging young people to read more. Primary schools encourage their students to read and give rewards to those who read the most books each term, however, when children reach secondary school, we stop encouraging reading books as much as we once did.

Reading is a good way to unwind and relax at the end of a long day. Allowing yourself to sit down and read for thirty minutes to an hour every day does wonders for our mental health as well as exercising various areas of our brain.
I admit I do not do this enough! Which is why I re-started SeeTheUniverse Book Club this year, in the hope that I can encourage myself to read more! This year we will be reading four books throughout the year, making it easier for people to join in and read at their own pace, whilst having enough time to complete the book before our discussion date!

What are you currently reading? What are your favourite genres? Will you be joining in with our Book Club this year? Let us know in the comments below!

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