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Book-Talk Monday: How Has Reading Improved Your Life?

Monday, June 10, 2013
Open Book by Dave Dugdale

Open Book by Dave Dugdale

I saw this (fun) piece on BuzzFeed last week:

12 Scientific Ways Reading Can Actually Improve Your Life

And it’s fun because it’s absolutely true.

I’m also currently teaching an online literature course, and for the first two weeks, the students have had to answer questions about reading, so I thought we could use that (somewhat modified) to get some discussion about reading going today.

How has being a reader of fiction improved/enhanced your life?


Is popular/genre fiction (romance, mystery, thriller, suspense, etc.) just as worthy of being considered and analyzed as “serious literature”—can it have as great an impact on or insight into society/human nature?

  1. Dora permalink
    Monday, June 10, 2013 8:57 am

    I believe reading has enhanced my vocabulary and imagination. Even with the movies that are based on certain books, the descriptive wording of the author paints a more vibrant mental movie than any director in Hollywood.

    Also, my understanding of history has been enhanced through fiction, as most historical novels are centered around a specific portion of history, rather than the broader time period to explain the social expectations and events, which enables a greater understanding of the event and it contribution.


  2. Monday, June 10, 2013 9:36 pm

    reading has definitely enhanced my life. Historical books has taught me history which I never learnt at school. I have recently been in the states and done a historical Highlights tour and it was books that made it even more enjoyable by seeing the places in the books and knowing some of the history cos of books.
    Books have made me want to learn more and I have looked up information after reading books. I also find it relaxing.
    This year in fact the last 12 months I have really slowed down reading due to health issues then mums passing and finally injuring my wrist that I have been so tired I have read so much less but I am also choosing not to request books to review to take the pressure of me to review. While I will still put up a review I found being so exhausted pushing myself to review a book was adding to my issues.
    I have come back so much more relaxed and am finally sleeping better (although looks like I am now catching up on about 9 months of lack of sleep).


  3. Sunday, June 23, 2013 9:40 am

    I am so glad that you liked my Flickr photo so much that you included it on this page.

    I enjoy when people use my photos that I work hard on, but as I noted on Flickr below each photo I let people use my photos on the condition that they provide me credit to my site.

    Please add my link when you can.

    Dave Dugdale


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