You're invited to the #ReadingHour

16 April 2020

Large reading hour

Everyone is invited to join us at 7pm on 23 April for the #ReadingHour! You can do anything you want related to books: read alone, read with or to someone, or even call a friend to chat about books and share recommendations.

1 in 3 people in England don’t regularly read for pleasure, but we know the benefits that reading brings to our lives. We want to share this more people, encouraging everyone to set aside time in our busy lives to read more. Why should you read?

  • 19% of readers say that reading stops them from feeling lonely
  • Regular readers for pleasure have report fewer feelings of stress and depression than non-readers, and stronger feelings of relaxation from reading than from watching television or engaging with technology intensive activities
  • Adults who read for just 30 minutes a week are 20% more likely to report greater life satisfaction

You can read a print book, e-book, or listen to an audiobook, and it doesn’t matter what you read. Pick up the book that you’ve been meaning to read for years, or borrow a book from your local library’s digital lending services (sign-up now if you’re not already a member). If you’re looking for suggestions, our booklist has something for everyone, including fiction, non-fiction and books for young adults. If you’re really stuck, just tweet us at @WorldBookNight and we’d be happy to provide a recommendation!

News

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Impact

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Resources

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