Why Is Reading So Important?

Hello dear readers, welcome to a bit of a longer post.

Reading is such a big part of a lot of people’s lives. Whether its for entertainment, research, or just stress relief, reading is important to a lot of people for different reasons.

Since reading is so important, I thought I’d do a bit of a discussion piece about it…so I hope you enjoy!

Reading is Fundamental in Society

Reading is obviously important for everything you do. Reading this post, reading a recipe, or something more common like road signs. Reading is everywhere, even if you don’t really think about it.

Developing reading habits when you’re young is important, because without at least a base level of skill, things become frustrating to you. Following instructions, filling out an application, or even finding a job can be that much harder if you don’t have reading skills.


Reading Develops the Mind

Reading helps develop your mind in so many ways. Your mind is a muscle, and any muscle needs exercise. What’s one way to exercise it? By reading, and developing your language skills.

Reading also develops the imagination.With reading, a person can go anywhere they want. They can literally imagine fantastical worlds. Non-readers don’t get to explore these worlds like a reader does. It helps build your creative skills. It gives you a chance to imagine the story how you want it, and your mind changes the story with each new piece of information it receives.


Reading Helps Us Discover New Things

How do you discover new things if it wasn’t for reading? Sure you could watch a show, but you read what that show is about, you read that new magazine, that new book, that review. You read to discover new things that you might enjoy.


Reading Improves your Focus

The internet has fundamentally changed our world for good and bad. For many people, a large part of their day is spent mindlessly surfing, chatting, watching videos, or doing other mindless things online.

Reading draws your attention. It draws your focus to the page, and forces you to concentrate on what you are reading. It helps us to train our brains to live in the present.


Reading can do some marvelous things if you let yourself sit down and do it.

What does reading do for you? Let’s talk about it in the comments, or send me a message on social media!
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Did I Reach My 2019 Reading Goals?

Hello dear readers.

2019 is coming to an end in just a week and a half, and I am amazed by how quickly it flew by.

I remember it was January just a few days ago, and I had set my goals for the blog for 2019.

Jump forward just a little bit, and here we are, nearing the end of December, and I cant believe I have been doing this blog for over a year now.

It has been a fantastic ride, and I can’t wait to get started with 2020!


I had started 2019 with two different sets of goals for myself, reading goals and social goals.

Reading goals were the books I wanted to finish in 2019, and the social goals were the milestones I wanted to hit on social media platforms.

So let’s look at the social goals first to see how I did.


Goal #1: 100 Blog Followers

I am beyond happy to say that I achieved this goal a few months ago. For most of 2019 I was worried that I wouldn’t hit 100 followers. I would check every week, and I would do the math to see how many followers a week I would need to hit the goal, and it scared me a bit. This was the goal I wanted to hit the most, and I can’t wait to see where I can get next year.

Luckily, a few key moments during the year came my way, and I was able to hit my goal, and surpass it even…so thank you to all of those who followed my blog, liked my tweets, or did whatever it was that helped me reach this goal.

Goal: 100 followers
Start of 2019: 32
Current: 136


Goal #2: 250 Twitter Followers

Since Twitter is the social media platform I use the most for the blog (even then, not that often) I wanted to focus most of my attention there to reach the book blogging community.

I had my ups and downs with using Twitter. I connected with a lot of cool people, and had some posts that helped me a lot, but unfortunately I did not reach my goal of 250 followers.

Goal: 250
Start of 2019: 39
Current:
154


Goal #3: 100 Instagram Followers

Instagram was the other social media channel that I wanted to grow on. I’m not a great photographer by any means, but I really wanted to use it as a channel to help grow my photography skills, and interact with people.

I was doing really well for a while. Getting a picture up every week, a few new followers every week, and getting good likes on my photos. Unfortunately things kind of stopped for Instagram. I posted less, got less interactions, and wasn’t exploring content like I used to. Unfortunately, this was another goal I did not reach.

Goal: 100
Start of 2019:
24
Current:
53


Goal #4, #5, and #6

These goals I dropped pretty early on in my attempts. They were goals I thought I would be interested in, but when I tried them they either didn’t pan out well at all, or I didn’t enjoy attempting them.

These goals I am less hurt about than the other three, but I am still upset with myself for having failed them.

Goal #4: 25 Book Club Followers – Didn’t pan out
Goal #5: 50 Twitch Followers – Didn’t enjoy streaming
Goal #6: 25 YouTube Subscribers – Didn’t have as much time to make videos.


Next, let’s take a look at the reading goals I had for 2019.


Here are the reading goals I set for 2019:

January
Lord of Chaos

April
Norse Mythology
Fire and Blood
A Crown of Swords

End of 2019
7 other books

The good news: I did read every named book on that list. I finished up Lord of Chaos, Norse Mythology, Fire and Blood, and A Crown of Swords.

I don’t remember exactly, but I doubt I read all of them by the expected dates.

The real question is…did I read seven other books this year?

As I’m writing this, I honestly don’t think I did, but I’m gonna try to remember them all.

  1. Mistborn #1
  2. Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  3. The Devil’s Apprentice
  4. Outlander (Audiobook)
  5. The Path of Daggers
    Other: Where We Feel Human, Exploit Me, The Hole, D’Arnold Finds a Home, The Snow Queen

So no…I didn’t hit my 7-book goal for this year. I managed to get through five books, and a bunch of small books or short stories. All that, plus the manga I read weekly I think adds up to at least seven books, so I may not have hit the numbers naturally, but I believe I got there.


I am actually a lot less upset about my goals than I thought.

I didn’t think I had read that many books at all, and I am okay with not hitting a few of the social goals I had set for myself.

I am mad at myself for not hitting the Twitter and Instagram goals though, and I am going to beat myself up for that and push myself harder for 2020’s goals because of it.


Next week I am going to give you my reading and social goals for 2020. I have a few projects I want to try out, and maybe a giveaway or two. I’ll also have a writing goal for 2020, because I am slowly in the process of writing a book, which I have wanted to do since I was a kid.


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Anyways, if you have made it this far, thanks for the wonderful journey that was 2019! I can’t wait to share 2020 with all of you and grow alongside you!

Wheel of Time Wednesdays: Script Read Through.

A few weeks ago the cast of the upcoming Wheel of Time TV show did a read through of the script.

Today, a short video was released.

Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday News: April 3

So this news article is probably something you already know, but I still think it’s worth the read.

Reading to your kids from a book, or from a tablet… Which is better? Read the New York Times Article about it here:

Book Review: Lord of Chaos

So since I started A Crown of Swords this morning, I thought it would be a good idea to review the book right before it, The Lord of Chaos.

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Author: Robert Jordan

So this is my first time reading through the Wheel of Time series, and as you probably know by now, I am in love with it. Like I said in past reviews, I bought all 14 books before I had even finished the first one.

Lord of Chaos is by far my favourite of the first six books though, and probably by quite a bit.

Lord of Chaos doesn’t necessarily have my favourite moments for each character (though Mat is just the coolest 24/7), but all of the character’s stories put together as a whole provided the best overall story.

The one problem I found with Lord of Chaos is it comes at the point in the series where people are becoming ‘bored’. There aren’t many series out there with more than a few books, because it’s just the way things work. Turning a world and a story into three books is going to be much easier than into 14 books, but I still think Robert Jordan has done a pretty good job of it.

Over the first five books, the style of Jordan’s enemies are on the verge of being repetitive, but in Lord of Chaos, Jordan moves away from his regular plots/characters and changes up the style of bad guy, which is sort of just a less good, good guy.

Rand has fully come into his role of being the main character, but Perrin (he’s back from his honeymoon), Mat, Nynaeve, Egwene, and Elayne are back in action and bad ass as always.

My favourite part of Lord of Chaos was that it set up A Crown of Swords, and yes that probably sounds dumb because all books set up the next one if it’s a series.

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What I mean by that is this book didn’t solve all of it’s issues. There are still a few story lines that weren’t resolved by the end of the book.

For the other four books before this one, Jordan has each of them contribute to the overall story line of the series, but each book has its own story line that is wrapped up. In Lord of Chaos it isn’t completely wrapped up, which came at a good time in the series in my opinion.

It’s an important thing for writers, more so those with long series, to know how to keep readers interested. That’s why people often shoot for a book series that is somewhere from two and four books long, because each book introduces more risk of losing readers.

If you’re writing a book there’s a big risk of becoming too in tune with your writing style, and you end up writing a bland story that is repetitive and makes people lose interest in your story.

I’m not a master of books, or literacy, or reading or anything like that, but I think Jordan did a good job knowing the status of his story at this point and changing it enough to keep people interested.

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I did a little bit of digging as I was writing this post, and it seems like Lord of Chaos isn’t one of the most popular books in the series, but it is generally ranked higher than all of the books coming before it, and usually lands about the mid way ranking in terms of popularity.

I think the reason is because Jordan switched it up and changed his formula enough to get people interested again.

What is your favourite book in the Wheel of Time series? Let me know in the comments, or give me your ranking of all of the books in the series!

My Goals for 2019

I know about a month and a half ago I had set some reading goals for myself for the year. I still plan on sticking with them, but I completely forgot about what goals I had for the blog and my social media channels.

I’m a relatively new blog, so some of these goals don’t seem like much to other people, but I figured I would set a decent milestone for myself and use it as a good foundation going forward.

Blog

I started this blog in September 2018 for a school assignment and really enjopyed doing it, so I decided to start doing it more full-time. I haven’t made any money from it yet, but I hope to in the future. I’m currently sitting at 32 followers on my blog, and I want to hit 100 by the end of the year. I don’t think this is a lofty goal at all, honestly it’s probably the easiest one to hit. My average is about 1-2 followers a week, but I think with some of the ideas you’ll hear about later in this post, I can definitely bump it up and hit 100 by 2020.

Goal: 100 followers

Current: 32

 

TWITTER

So currently Twitter is the platform I use the most to promote the blog. The writing and book blogging community seems pretty active and robust, so I’d really love to get involved more and start to grow. I’m sitting at 39 Followers at the moment of writing this, and I really want to hit 250 by the end of the year. I think this might be my hardest goal to hit, but I think it is possible.

Goal: 250 followers

Current: 39

 

INSTAGRAM

Not sure if any of you know this, but yes I do use Instagram. It’s not my biggest platform, I only use it to post a picture once a week and try to engage with some different audiences. I’m far from a great photographer so that’s my biggest weakness for Instagram, but I’d still like to start growing on there and getting some more engagement with my audiences. I’m hoping to hit 100 followers on Instagram, and I am currently at 24. I think this will be an easier goal. I only started Instagram earlier this year, and jumped up to 24 followers pretty soon.

Goal: 100 followers

Current: 24

 

Book Club

I thought it might be a good idea to start a Facebook book club too. I thought it would be a great opportunity to engage with my audiences and discuss a book in a more laid back environment.  I planned to get it started in February, but I’ve hit a few hiccups with school, so I’m shooting for getting it going by summer time. I’m currently at 0 followers, and I didn’t really have a goal for this one because I wasn’t sure if this was one I would stick with too much, but if I had to set a goal I’d say 25 or so.

Goal: 25 participants

Current: 0

 

TWITCH

So I guess this is the first teaser to my upcoming Twitch Channel. Yeah, I am planning on using Twitch to start engaging with different audiences. I plan on doing a sort of book club, where I will read a book to my viewers and then engage with them in a discussion about the book. I’m starting this from scratch, but I have 1 follower currently and am hoping to hit 50 by the end of the year. From my experience with Twitch it shouldn’t be too hard, and I have a few people in place to help build my following, but I just wanted to set the bar a little lower because I’m not too skilled with Twitch quite yet.

Goal: 50 follower

Current: 1 follower

 

YOUTUBE

I was talking to a few people who use Twitch, and they said if I did want to start streaming on there then I should take the videos and throw them on YouTube. I wouldn’t necessarily focus on YouTube content, more so have it as a side platform to get some views and maybe some followers. If there was enough interest on the platform, I’d probably start engaging with audiences more, but until that time I’d keep it as a side platform to use. I haven’t started quite yet,  but I’m hoping to hit 25 subscribers by 2020.

Goal: 25 subscribers

Current: 0

 

So these are all of my goals for my social media platforms in 2019. I think they are all obtainable, and I am gonna do my best to reach all of them.

What do you think? Do you think I can reach these goals? Any tips to reaching them faster?

Also, if you’re interested in my Twitch channel look for OnMyBookshelf. I’m hoping to get my first stream out this weekend.

Weekly Recap

I know you didn’t miss any of my posts this week, but on the odd chance someone you know did, here they are:

Book Review: D’Arnold finds a home by Teah Lytywn

Type it Out Tuesday: February 12

Wednesday News: February 13

Why Reading Together Can Be A Good Valentine’s Day Date

Quote of the Day: Great Gatsby