Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sunday Special; The Importance of Being Well Read with April

Hello Followers!

April from Good Books and Good Wine was kind enough to write a lovely guest post for me. Her blog is wonderful and you should all check it out. I will give you cookies.

Thank you, Emma!

It seems, we as a human race are facing a severe shortage. What, friends, is this shortage? Why, we aren't getting enough reading in our day. In doing a quick google search, I found out 58% of adults don't read books for leisure after high school. According to this site on average high schoolers read 7 minutes for leisure per day, but on the other hand watch 2 hours per day of TV.

I know statistics can be scary, and often, misinterpreted, and biased. I'm not here to play Chicken Little. I just want the reading revolution to occur. Here's the thing, reading is GOOD for you.

  • It lowers your stress level - according to the Super Stress Solution - by 68%
  • It helps you use your brain, unlike TV
  • It gets you away from our crazy digital world
  • Your vocabulary will improve.
  • Reading will keep you out of prison. I read one state uses 4th grade reading scores to determine how many prison beds to order.
Now, I don't know if you had something like DEAR time in school (Drop Everything And Read) also called sustained silent reading, where you got a certain amount of time every day to read whatever you want, but this really is something you should carry with you throughout life, because it's true reading will make you a better person.

That said, I am done preaching to the choir!

Thank you again, Emma for letting me guest post!

Now. Go check out April's blog. This minute.

Emma Out!


  1. Great post. I remember having reading time all throughout school. One can only hope that things like that remain.

  2. In Prince Georges County Maryland, they use 3RD grade standardized test scores to build prisons. I'm not sure if there's any way to present reading in schools that won't backfire for some kids. Most of the avid readers I've known have become so because reading is embraced at home.

    My middle school briefly attempted DEAR. Briefly. Unfortunately there were far more people being reprimanded for not being silent than there were people actually reading. Reading definitely seems to have a marked affect on people in all the ways you've listed above. It's just a shame that there doesn't appear to be a better way of spreading book love.

  3. Yay for guest posts! I hope DEAR time remains as well, Donna.

    Maria - that sucks that people were hushed during DEAR time. I'm not sure that's the best solution, it sucks the students weren't handed books or even magazines which would have kept them engaged during this time.