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Ask liberal arts students about the benefits of reading fiction, and they will regale you with all kinds of nonsense about how it makes you a better person. Ask just about anyone else, and they will give you a dumbfounded stare. However, reading fiction has some hidden benefits regardless of who are you. Lets take a look at a few of them.
You can probably remember the feeling of discontent that came when you were assigned literature to read in school. It’s hard to find the desire to read old books about old topics when there are exciting new things happening right now, but here are four very big reasons why you should anyway.
It should come as no surprise that C.S. Lewis, the world-renowned author of The Chronicles of Narnia series, believes that everyone should read books. Reading gives you the ability to see an infinite number of perspectives all while remaining yourself.
Kobo has announced that its latest high-end ereader, the waterproof Aura H2O, will be receiving a local launch on 5 February, 2015. The Aura H2O is waterproof to a depth of one metre for up to 30 minutes. It also comes with an anti-glare HD display, is dust-proof and provides up to two-months of battery life.
Elizabeth’s Bookshop is an independent chain of book stores based in NSW and Western Australia. Its main claim to fame is the paperback “blind date”; a novel (ahem) concept that attempts to sell books to customers sight unseen. Instead of relying on pretty covers or the literary clout of its author, each novel is completely wrapped in brown paper. Your only clue to what lies within are a few intriguing phrases scrawled on the front. Last week, we picked up one of these mystery titles to see if we could game the system.
Trying to remember what we love about a book will leave us forgetting some of the best parts. And when we go back to try to find them, we definitely don’t remember which pages to look for. Use an Idea Index to be more effective: list the important ideas and quotes, and the page number they’re on, right in the front of the book.
iOS: One of the best ways to make sure you break out of your filter bubble is to read different news sources with multiple perspectives on a variety of topics. Random, a news-reading app for iPhone and iPad, breaks you out by intentionally guiding you to articles at news sites you may not otherwise read.