Are you a Reader? Do you read for pleasure or for self-knowledge or both? Perhaps you feel you are not getting much out of reading, and you’d like to develop your reading skills and to expand your reading list.
The Benefits of Reading
There are many health benefits of reading, from lowering your stress levels to increasing your empathy and boosting your brain. There are so many good reasons to read – see below for some of my favourite quotes about reading. Here is my “quick” list of the benefits of reading:
- Teaches us, opens us to new ideas, and inspires us
- Consoles us, distracts us
- Broadens our horizons and our self-knowledge
- Helps us to remember
- Shows us we’re not alone
- Makes us laugh, makes us cry, engages our emotions
- Deepens our experiences and our understandings
- Confirms our humanity
- Entertains us
- Invites us to explore new worlds, real and imagined
- Gives us insights into other cultures
- Heals us
- Shifts our perspective so we learn new ways of seeing.
If you need advice about developing or improving your reading habits; or if you want to get more out of the books you read; or you’d like a personalised reading list, tailored to your needs, including any current issues you are grappling with; then My Readers Advisory Service can help.
Try the Readers Advisory Service
Purchase a Readers Advisory Session and I will send you a short online questionnaire to complete about your reading habits, preferences and interests.
After reviewing your answers, I prepare a personal reading list for you, plus tips and information to help with any reading issues you may have.
The Readers Advisory Session fee includes a 30-minute consultation by phone, Skype or email in which we can discuss your reading list and answer any questions you may have.
Later, if you feel you need more support, we can discuss a follow-up session for a reduced fee.
Quotes About Books & Reading
“A book is a magic carpet ride that flies you off elsewhere. A book is a door. You open it. You step through. Do you come back?” – Jeanette Winterson, Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal?
“When I think about how I understand my role as citizen, the most important stuff I’ve learned I think I’ve learned from novels. It has to do with empathy and the notion that it’s possible to connect with someone else even though they’re very different from you.” – Barack Obama, live interview with Marilynne Robinson
“Make time for stillness. Five minutes at either end of the day can bring you balance. Take time, too, to read a simple verse or a few lines from a great teaching. The effect can be as dramatic as watering a plant that has been parched.” – Stephanie Dowrick, Every Day A New Beginning
“…one hour of fiction pleasure reading prior to bed … fiction is better than sleeping pills for putting the happenings of the day behind you.” – Tim Ferris, The 4-Hour Week
“There’s a lot of talk about the tame world versus the wild world. It is not only a wild nature that we need as human beings; it is the untamed open space of our imaginations. Reading is where the wild things are.” – Jeanette Winterson, Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal?
“The helpful thought for which you look
Is written somewhere in a book.” – Edward Gorey, Goodreads
“The unread book is the life yet to be lived, the promise that there will be new ideas, images never yet glimpsed.” – Geoffrey O’Brien, Where Books Fall Open: a reader’s anthology of wit and passion.
“I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little further down our particular path than we have gone ourselves.” – E.M. Forster
“The greatest gift is the passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination.” – Elizabeth Hardwick, interview in The Paris Review
Resources About Reading
Read personal stories about books and reading, and about recent scientific research, which has revealed some interesting facts about reading:
- President Obama says novels taught him how to be a citizen. The Guardian, 28 October 2015.
- Fiction reading as medicine. ScienceDaily, 21 October 2013.
- Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming. The Guardian, 16 October 2013.
- Can reading make you happier? By Ceridwen Dovey, The New Yorker, 9 June 2015.
- 5 Health benefits of reading. Natural Therapy Pages, 20 April 2016.