Doesn’t this time of
year just make you want to stay inside, escape the cold and curl up under a
blanket? It’s the perfect opportunity to while away the days with a few good
No, this isn’t a way to escape intimidating New Year’s exercise regimens: it’s an opportunity to improve your life. There are
several ways in which reading is beneficial to your health and wellbeing: from reducing stress to helping you sleep better, making you more empathetic and keeping your brain in shape.
Why bother reading a book if you can watch it instead?
Because it’s almost always better than the film.
And yet, despite this, nearly
four million of us never read for pleasure. And
according to YouGov, 18-24 and 25-39 year olds are reading less now than they used to, and less than half of us (47%) are devouring books on a regular basis.
So why not make reading more books a resolution for the year ahead? Armed with our list of ‘must-reads’, it’s one that’ll be easy to keep.
Films coming soon
Why bother reading a book if you can watch it instead? Because it’s
almost always better than the film. Just make sure you’ve finished it before it hits the big screen so no one spoils the ending.
Anniversaries in 2017
Sound in-the-know about topical historical events and impress your peers at dinner parties.
- Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of
Amelia Earhart by Candace
80 years ago this July, Amelia Earhart mysteriously disappeared on a round-the-world flight. Pitched at children but equally appealing to adults, this book explores the life and death of the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.
Last year’s prize-winners
2016 was a good year for books. Here are some of our favourites.
- The Sellout by Paul Beatty
This fusion of biting satire and themes of racial diversity scooped the 2016 Man Booker Prize. It begins, “This may be hard to believe, coming from a black man, but I’ve never stolen anything.” Shockingly funny.
- The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney
This debut novelist is making waves with her story of an accidental murder and subsequent consequences for a handful of misfits in post-crash Ireland. Brilliant. Winner of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.
- The Fifth Season: The Broken Earth, Book 1 by N. K. Jemisin
Calling fantasy and sci-fi lovers: cancel all social engagements, stock up the snack cupboard and block out your weekend. This book was voted Best Novel at the Hugo Awards. Un-put-down-able.
Short stories for your commute
Brief periods of literary escapism for those rare moments when you’ve got time to yourself. Consider something longer if the trains are on strike.
Favourites from over the years
A mix of funny, inspirational, life-affirming and turbulent tales. Definite page-turners.
Of course, reading is for life, not just the New Year. Your local independent bookseller will be full of inspiration and personal recommendations.
Search for yours on the Booksellers Association website or download their app for when you’re out and about.
You can also read reviews on social reading site
Goodreads or take a look at
The Richard & Judy Book Clubat WH Smith. Amazon have also compiled a list of
100 Books to Read in a Lifetime.
Reading needn’t cost a bomb: local libraries are a bookworm’s best friend. Just don’t forget to return them on time.
If you don’t have time to read, many are also available as audiobooks. So you can enjoy them while gardening, commuting, exercising, or even pretending to be busy at work.
Getting through the winter months has never looked so appealing.
Cup of cocoa, anyone?
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