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Anyone go the gym here or wake up early and go jogging? Yeah, me neither. BUT – reading is like working out but for your brain, and it’s a whole lot easier and more enjoyable too!

So, without further gossip, here are the 5 reasons why you NEED to be reading a book everyday.

1. It’ll reduce how quickly your brain ages
Most are aware of how debilitating and hurtful mental illness like Alzheimer’s can be, but reading is your solution to slowing down the onset of you losing your wits. For mental health stimulation is key, and the best way to do that is by engrossing yourself in the world of fiction. Sure, you could play chess against friends but that’s even harder than reading.

2. Improves your memory
Okay so this one is my favourite – reading makes your memory much better. Because when you read you get to know more characters, places and events, and you’re constantly ‘recalling’ those things when you read new material that connects with the past. This not only improves your short term memory and your ‘synapses’ (which are your brain pathways), but making these can also improve the stability of your mood. and speaking of mood….

3. Reduce how stressed you feel
Life can be hard sometimes and at other times it can be downright unfair. But when you feel totally overwhelmed if can be beneficial to pick up a book and lose yourself in the world of someone else. And who knows, you might see aspects of your life from a whole new perspective.

4. You learn new words
In the 21st Century we’re all very good at #tagging and ‘lol’ing while really ‘wtf’ing about it all. But something you can’t get from the internet is the vast collection of words that are expressed in books. When you read you’re exposed to new words and more importantly, you’re exposed to those words being used in context – so you understand what they mean and how they can be used. And WHY is this helpful? Well knowing more words makes you better at talking to a wider range of audience. Sure, you’re not going to be talking in high-English to your mates at the pub, but what about your boss? Or your parents?

5. Bolstering your analytic skills
Reading a book can be hard, especially with there are multiple story lines happening concurrently to another. But being able to keep track of these is a skill that transcends the pages of a book. Have you ever read a mystery novel and figured out who or what’s happened before it’s revealed to you? Well that’s your analytic skills being put to work – and these skills apply to all aspects of your life, whether it’s figuring out the best bus to catch or how to deal with a particularly difficult colleague.

So now you know why reading is so important to developing and stimulating your brain. But when it comes down to it the biggest reason to read is that it’s so enjoyable. Whether you love reading or haven’t picked up a book in awhile, I challenge you to read something everyday!

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For anyone who has seen and read the Song of Ice and Fire series (better known as Game of Thrones) this is an interesting read. Personally I started reading the books after watching series 4 of the show and I found it useful, not limiting, that I could image a tangible representation of each character.

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This Slate article has been making the rounds recently, and it’s something we’ve talked about briefly here on 101 Books before.

That being, how do you imagine the characters in the novels you read?

Do you have a good sense of what they look like? Can you see them clearly in your head? Or is it more of a vague, kinda, sorta image that comes every time you read their name?

If you pick up on specific details the author writes, then you’ll have a decent sense of the character—but do most of us actually formulate images based on what’s written—or just how we want to imagine the character in our heads?

Specifically, for those of you who have read and watched The Lord of the Rings, how do you imagine those characters—and how did you imagine them BEFORE the movies were released?

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