Books and Blogs I’m Reading …
One of the best ways to exercise your mind if by reading; not only books but blogs too. This will not only add to your existing knowledge, but it will also keep your brain sharp! Experts recommend reading as a part of your daily routine, but there are staggering statistics about how little people read …
- 25% will not read one single book this year;
- 33% of high school graduates never read another book for their entire life;
- 42% of college students never read another book after college; and
- 80% of Canadian/US families did not buy or read a book within the last year.
All I have to say is … WOW! Imagine you said the same thing.
Being an avid reader, those statistics surely shocked me right to the core. When it comes to those of us who are creative (graphic designers, bloggers, writers, artists, etc.) the problem isn’t so much that we don’t read, it is that we spend our time reading blogs, magazines, tweets and other shorter forms of reading. This is great for consuming lots of information, but it surely does not work out our brains the same way a book would, which is truly an activity that forces the reader to ditch the distractions and focus.
However, I am a weird mixture of both. My creative side likes to read short snippets to stay up-to-date and my “country girl at heart” side likes to indulge in a good book when time allows for it. With the being said, I wanted to take some time today to share with you what I’ve been reading lately. Both books and blogs.
Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.
I just finished reading …
What I am reading now …
My summer reading list …
And lastly, here are a handful of blogs I religiously indulge in …
- Andrea Owen (blog and podcast)
- Marc and Angle Hack Life
- Mark Manson
- The Hustle
- The Copywriter Club
- Create Your Laptop Life
- Secrets of The Greatest Minds
- Brené Brown
- Tim Denning (on Medium)
- A Life of Productivity
- Chase Jarvis
- CB KickStart
(Just to name a few, LoL!)
All in all, reading books (and blogs) can only bring about positive effects on our lives. Not only will you increase your knowledge, you will also strengthen you mind by constantly using it. With that being said, do you have some good books of blogs you like to share? Feel free to drop them into the comments as I would love to hear your latest and greatest … I am always looking for something new to keep my mind fresh on all angles!
Not sure what to read next? Looking for ideas?
Feel free to join me on Goodreads and look at my bookshelves to find out what I’m reading, what’s next on my list, and maybe even step it up a notch by joining me (any many millions of others) in the 2018 reading challenge. Just because we’re half way through the year doesn’t mean you can’t join in on the fun!
You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy books and that’s kind of the same thing.
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