Why you should spend 20 minutes a day reading
(Posted on 12/01/20)
It would be very easy for me to sit here and list reasons as to why everyone should dedicate twenty minutes a day to reading:
- It improves your imagination
- It improves your language and grammar
- It makes you a better writer
- It improves your self-discipline
- It encourages cultural knowledge
The list could go on!
My love of literature first appeared when I was a young teenager and I fell in love with a sparkly vampire called Edward Cullen. Thankfully, my taste in novels has since improved. However, it wasn't Edward Cullen that made me want to read new novels.
It was the idea that I could be in a completely different location, whilst being sat in my living room. It was the idea that I could be writing letters, casting spells and travelling the world, all before I have eaten my breakfast.
It was this idea of 'escapism'.
Of course, I benefitted from reading but that wasn't why I spent hours of my life with my head in a book. Reading became part of my self-management, it allowed me to grow my knowledge of things I had never queried before. It allowed me to rest and re-charge for 20 minutes a day. It was my form of meditation.
Because I had such a positive relationship with reading (and still do), I am going to narrow down my favourite books to a top 3:
- Donna Tart: The Secret History
- Frances Hodgson Burnett: The Secret Garden
- George Elliot: Middlemarch.
I firmly believe that everyone should have something they love doing and should do it for twenty minutes each day. This could be anything from crafting a novel to partaking in a form of martial arts. The important thing is that it is twenty minutes you spend for yourself, every day.
I appreciate that I may not have convinced you to start reading. I do however, hope I have encouraged you to re-invest in yourself. I was lucky enough to find my love from a young age, and I encourage all young people to pursue, and find their own passion.