Reading a book per week

It’s week 15 of the year and I’m about to start my 13th book. I’m really proud of myself for taking the time to find new books and for making reading a priority each day.

I started off quite slow in January, completing only 2 books. Well, technically 2.7 but I gave up on the last one as it was thicker than the Bible… Last month I read 5 books and I’m on track to finish 6 by the end of this month.

Reading a book per week is probably the biggest lesson and the most transformative thing I’ve done in 2019. As I’ve been alternating between nonfiction and fiction each week, I get lots of creative stimulation and excitement from the fiction, and the opportunity to learn about specific topics, such as personal development, acting or race and identity, through the nonfiction books.

The best thing about reading is that the stories and narratives fill me with pleasure and are very thought-provoking. I love snuggling up in bed or on the sofa with a cup of tea in one hand, a book in the other (with plenty biscuits nearby too) and letting my mind fly off to a new world.

My favourite book so far is Born A Crime: Stories from A South African Childhood by Trevor Noah. Highly recommended.

Additionally, reading is exposing me to different perspectives and different cultures without having to experience certain things myself – both the good and the bad. It’s probably a bit strange, but reading makes me feel really healthy. Like, really strong and in shape. I feel so full and well-fed all the time. Do you know what I mean?

Most of the benefits of reading are internal and very personal and I’m sure any avid reader would agree with me on that, but I do feel it’s a necessity we can’t afford to go without.

I am excited to discover more adventures, gain more knowledge and have more moments of peace and simplicity in the months to come.

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