Last Saturday at the Dallas Book Festival, I spotted one of the library’s security guards reading a book. He told me he reads two to three chapters an hour during his 10-hour shifts and a book a week—all checked out from the library. Our conversation stuck with me. It’s debatable whether he should read on the job, but he didn’t seem to ignore his duties. And he certainly loves to read.
I’m the same. If I’m not doing something else, I’m reading. About two months ago, I started my signed copy of Dan Brown’s latest, Origin. It’s long—more than 450 pages. Now I’ll share way more than you want to know. I’m almost half finished—and I only read this book while I’m drying my hair about three times per week. It’s a mini escape that makes me look forward to a regular chore.
According to the National Reading Campaign, reading is a stress fighter: 600% more beneficial than playing a video game, 300% more useful than a walk, 100% more effective than drinking a cup of tea, and 68% better than listening to music.
World Book and Copyright Day is the day that more than 100 nations celebrate books and reading. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and cultural Organisation-or UNESCO-proclaimed the date. Celebrate this 23rd World Book Day on April 23 by selecting and starting a book on a topic you truly love. Then celebrate yourself by finishing it.
My challenge to you is to pick a time to read something you enjoy.
Make every moment count!