When was the last time you turned on your TV, tablet or laptop to binge-watch a TV series or catch the latest news? Last night or perhaps a couple of hours ago may be your reply. Now when was the last time you read a book? It has possibly been a few months since you've picked up a novel or haven't managed to do so since your last college assignment.
The truth is reading isn't as glamourous as other hobbies. There aren't sound effects or pretty pictures to reel you in. In this modern day and age, when competing with TV shows, movie releases and social media, reading isn't as popular as the rest. But that doesn't mean it's a dying art form by any means. Thousands of books are published for millions of readers and now, even adapted to the digital age. E-books are available for purchase across the internet which means you do not physically have to visit bookstores to pick up a new release. E-book readers like Kindle make the hobby effortless and kind-of cool so even if you're on the move with luggage restrictions, you can access hundreds of books wherever you go without any added weight.
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Reading isn't only a hobby. A popular quote says, "Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body." It's also extremely advantageous for your mental abilities as seen by its variety of benefits.
It boosts mental power by sharpening the mind
It reduces stress and is extremely relaxing
It increases imaginative and creativity building powers
It increases intelligence and boosts memory
On the occasion of World Book Day 2020, we hope this urges you in the direction to pick up a good novel the next time you have an hour to spare. When you do, check out these book recommendations to start with.
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee completes its 50th anniversary and continues to be one of the most popular books on the themes of justice and the fight against racial prejudice.
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides revolves around a gruesome murder that only one woman can explain. The truth will reveal itself if only the silence can be broken through.
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty tells the tale of a quiet sea side town and the lives of its residents which are shaken up by a terrifying incident and what follows.
Ikigai by Hector Garcia will reveal the Japanese secret to a long and happy life that will wake you up every morning.
Now go on and celebrate World Book Day by picking up a book.
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