Thursday, June 21, 2018

Slow Down Your Summer by Reading

For most of us, summer is a time when life slows down.

So, make the most of your summer by doing those activities that you didn’t have time for during the school year – like reading.

For students, summer gives us a chance to read for fun instead of having to read textbooks or the works of William Shakespeare for school. For parents, it’s okay to take some time for yourself and finally read that book you’ve wanted to start for a long time.

I encourage readers of all ages to broaden your literary horizons by trying a new genre of books. If you’re a fan of dystopian novels, try mysteries or biographies. If you’re like me and enjoy anything about sports, try reading one of the classics. They’re called ‘classics’ for a reason, because they’re that good.

However, before the reading can even begin, readers are often derailed from their plans by a couple of common problems.

The first problem people encounter is that they can’t find a good book.

If that’s the case, then you’re simply not trying hard enough. There are books for every possible area of interest, so explore your local library, and don’t be ashamed to ask for help.

The next problem is finding time in your day to read. Even if you just take 10 minutes before you fall asleep each night, you’ll be surprised how fast you can go through a book. Or on some rainy day, instead of binging on that new season of your favorite show, you can try binging a new book.

When it’s not raining, you may be thinking that you’d rather enjoy the nice weather than read, but what’s even better is doing both. There’s something special about relaxing on your porch or deck with a good book and a cool drink on a breezy summer night. 

The great thing about reading is that it doesn’t matter where you are or when you read, because whenever you open a book you’re taken to a new time and place.

So sit back and enjoy the ride! 


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