Reading one book may seem crazy, especially for those who work all day, run a household, and chase children all day. But the average adult reads like than a single book a year. Studies show that successful leaders tend to unwind with a book at hand.
So how could someone read one book a day without falling behind on work or neglecting their family? The secret is the “read” in more ways than one. You can “listen” to audible books on your way to work or simply read a hardcover on your downtime. In fact, every time you take a moment to spend on Twitter or Facebook is an opportunity to read.
Here are four reasons why I read one book per day.
Reading Increases My Motivation
My interests in genres vary as I enjoy both fiction and non-fiction novels. Reading stories allow me to get personal with biographies and discover the stories of those who sacrificed, loved, lost, and more. Stories of those who started from nothing and accomplished everything inspires me to stay motivated.
Reading Sets a Good Example for My Kids
My kids are still in the early stages of learning to read. I want them to see that reading can be fun, even for adults.
Reading Helps Me Take the Good from Bad Situations
There are a lot of different problems that humans face in life. The good news is that many have written about theirs. Reading novels provide an opportunity to understand what works and don’t work, especially throughout history.
Too Many Great Books to be Read
From wisdom and knowledge to love and laughter – there are so many books to read. Each story adds more knowledge, passion, and ideas inside of them.
While reading an entire book in a day may be virtually impossible for some, I encourage you to find at least 30 minutes to read a day. Allow yourself to make time for you.
Whether you’re a writer looking for inspiration or looking to get lost in a need book, you may be asking yourself what type of books would interest you. Some people consider reading fiction to be a waste of time. But whether you read fiction or non-fiction, you will still develop your mind with new information.
Non-Fiction engages the mind
Reading a non-fiction book is like having a personal conversation with the author. Thoughts, illustrations, and stories are presented in a personal way to grab the reader’s attention on.
Non-Fiction gives us clarity
Readers can enjoy the non-fiction book to gain information and the concept of the story.
Non-Fiction is about facts
Non-fiction books are written about real events, people, places, and history. Facts are what makes a non-fiction book, simply non-fiction.
Fiction creates ideas and creativity
Fiction stories expose the minds to new ideas and perspectives. We allow our minds to think the way to characters thing or experience the events in the story.
Fiction brings emotion
Getting lost in a fiction novel can make a serious of emotions. When you indulge yourself in the novel, you may feel how the character feels in the series of events. Studies claim that fictional stories influence the role of empathy in the reader.
Fiction is about Culture
A great fiction novel reveals the different attitudes of different cultures from various eras. Fiction isn’t always 100% made up as stories like Iliad, or the Great Gatsby contain real settings and characters in a made-up story.
Depending on your interests and needs, reading fiction and non-fiction book depends on you. Fiction develops our cognitive functions by simulating experiences and situations. Non-fiction is great if you love to read facts, stories of events or even learn more about people of history. Can you write both fiction and non-fiction? Absolutely.
How fast your child reads and writes is up to you and your child. The best thing you can do is expose your child to books and hand manipulation at an early stage. Read color books with pictures during their first year. While they may not fully understand the stories you’re reading, this will help you and your child bond over stories and memories that will last a lifetime.
Here are some tips on how to teach your kids to read and write faster.
Read to your child
The best way to get your child to start reading is to read to them. Make it a plan to read for at least 20 minutes a day to incorporate reading into their daily routine.
Asking questions about the book will encourage your child to focus on the task at his. This will also develop his ability to comprehend what he is reading. Instead of sounding out each word in the book, read to your child in a natural setting.
Set a Good Example
As children get older, their fascination for reading tends to slowly decrease, especially if they don’t see others reading at home. Allow your child to see you read at least for a few minutes a day. Show your child that even adults read too. Kids are more likely to become interested in reading. This goes the same for writing. Children often struggle in the beginning. Watching other siblings and parents write may play an active influence in their determination to write.
Expose them to Sight Words
Expose children to sight words at a young age. Label objects they are usually around daily such as “ball” “phone” “toys” “clothes” “shoes,” etc.
Teach Phones and Decoding
Phonics is a fundamental component to reading and writing. Teaching children the unique sounds of individual letters like /ch/, /sh/, /th/ , /ah/ , etc.
Here are some of the best ways on how to teach your kids to read and write faster. While this will obviously take more time to achieve, it is a memorable process along the way.