I am not keen on reading thick books and novels. It bores me, and I find it a waste of my time. I do, however, love to read and re-read self-help and self-development books and poems. One prose that got me through this pandemic lockdown was Max Ehrmann’s DESIDERATA. This poem was about living life with high ideals while practicing ethical values along the way. It was said that the poem was a lesson for her daughter back then, which became a timeless piece of written art that has a very powerful meaning that will never go out of date.
Unfortunately, the 2019 Book Event won’t get a repeat this year due to the coronavirus. However, we can still encourage others to take up reading as a new hobby. Here are some reasons why it’s a great choice during the lockdown.
Keeps You Busy
With guidelines requiring people to stay at home, many individuals find that they have more free time. While some catch up on chores, TV shows, and movies, more people are turning to books to keep them busy. As proof, a recent survey shows that about one in three people are reading more than they used to.
Serves As An Escape
There’s no mistaking that the coronavirus outbreak has taken over the news. It’s also all over social media. Wherever we go, even online, the disease is sure to be a part of it. For this reason, many people are choosing books as an escape.
Well, with everything going on in the world right now, who wouldn’t want fiction to whisk us away elsewhere? You can stay immersed in fantasy lands, back to the Victorian age, or in a world without coronavirus.
Not only that, but we all also start to feel a sense of hope. Although not all stories get a happy ending, the ones that do can give us a feeling of optimism. Light at the end of the tunnel seems to be something we all need, as the virus has put our futures into question.
Have you ever heard of the saying, “Knowledge is power?” First of all, it’s perfectly fine not to be productive during this pandemic. We’re all going through something confusing and potentially traumatizing after all. However, if you would like to be productive, why not learn some new information and gain knowledge?
Books have always been an excellent source of information. It helps up learn facts, broaden our vocabulary, and gain new insights. Picking up a book doesn’t only entertain, it enlightens.
With most of us at home, more and more people are picking up new hobbies or going back to old ones. Reading is a smart choice when you want something to keep you busy during the lockdown. Reading helps us gain more knowledge. Overall, there are many good reasons for us to pick up a book – whether in print or digital – and start to read.
Perhaps we all know by now that the current situation of the pandemic is affecting every individual’s life. There is a challenge in the supply of food and other necessities. There is a complicated situation concerning the loss of jobs and shutting down businesses. Small enterprises and large ones suffer from respective cutbacks as well. Therefore, we can conclude that this global health crisis is obviously changing the economic status of the world. But in this article, we will try to discuss how this pandemic is also hurting the book industry.
Perhaps we might have seen that some books are having their release dates changed. It might not seem a big deal for some book lovers out there. But for the authors, changing the release date makes a huge difference in their income. Aside from that, it takes a toll on their schedules, too, since most of their events are getting canceled. Obviously, this situation is upsetting and can entirely make authors emotionally and mentally exhausted. That is primarily on particular conditions such as authors of children’s books. Some of these writers only survive getting paid by doing keynotes and school visits. And now that there is a pandemic and that people are required to practice social distancing, authors like them can no longer work for an income.
On the publishers’ side, this pandemic situation affects them massively. Some people think that publishing companies since they do not require a large number of people can still operate. At some point, there are publishing companies that allow work from home. However, the challenge within the industry is not the workload, but instead, it is the publication. Since the world is focused on the global health crisis, it is entirely impossible to get any media attention for books right now. And not to mention the independent presses that only rely on indie-bookstores to sell, that is also an additional financial burden. That is because indie-books don’t stand very much of a chance compared to those well-published ones. There are some ways that publishers can work on book publicity since there are online events, book clubs, live streams, social media attention, and digital advertising. However, the whole process needs more than just a post, especially in an uncertain time of this pandemic.
Thinking about the fact that this global health crisis is causing authors an emotional and mental breakdown, and leaving publishers with complicated marketing tasks, what is worst than being the seller of those books? Bookshops are struggling nowadays in selling whatever they have. And since all bookshops are required to close their stores, the demand and supply for the books are hanging on the line. But for a different vibe, some bookshops offer shipment and do curbside pickups for their online stores. Some book stores appreciate that although there is a pandemic, they are still inundated with orders, and people still want their book. However, the struggle of the book owners is the unexpected cancellations, unscheduled events, as well as prank buyers. That is the reason why some shops close completely.
Disclaimer And Takeaway
Obviously, this pandemic situation is affecting a lot of industry, not just the book industry. Thus, this article means to imply that we should not be taking care of a specific industry more than the other ones because this situation complicates things in so many different ways. So if you think about it, this struggle only proves that the Coronavirus pandemic is a serious thing that will eventually make us work on new standard ways.
Teaching kids the value of money was discussed in the 2017 Barefoot Reader Event. It is indeed necessary to explain it to your children at a young age, and you know what else is essential?– introducing to them the joys and wonders of reading. Not only does it help develop your child’s imagination and critical thinking skills, but it also shapes their vocabulary and communication.
There’s no better way to introduce reading to your kids than reading books with them! Here are four books you can read to and with your kids to develop their love for reading.
How To Read A Story by Kate Messner
This picture book teaches us how to read a story. And it starts with you and your kid picking a book that you both like. What better way to start reading than to learn about reading, right? After reading activity, follow the steps with your children and get a chance to read another book with them.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
This picture book has interactive pages where your child can poke his finger and follow what the caterpillar eats. Besides being highly engaging, it also teaches your kid counting, the life cycle of a butterfly, and moral values, like overeating and eating the right kind of food.
Do Not Open This Book by Michaela Muntean
Read the title of your child and ask them what you should do if the book says, “do not open this book.” This interactive and funny picture book stars Pig, a writer who’s trying to write his book while you are reading it. Accompany Pig as he puts his best effort to pen a masterpiece while you and your kid constantly “interrupt” him.
Mathilda by Roald Dahl
The best way to develop a love of reading in your children is to introduce to them this character who has a profound passion for books and reading: Mathilda. She’s not only super smart because she reads a lot, but she also has some powers! Do a shared reading with your older kids and have fun exploring Mathilda’s life in the pages. As an added activity, you can watch its film adaptation after!
Grab that book and start reading to and with your kids and enjoy the wonders on each page.
Our relationship with others is the most critical skill we can develop. At some point, there’s nothing we can accomplish that has any value if we don’t have anyone to share it with. Our relationship skills are the key for us to determine who to marry, who we befriend with, what job we get, how we connect with people, and many more. Here are the books that can help us improve our relationship with others.
How To Win Friends And Influence People By Dale Carnegie
This book talks more about how we interact with people. It focuses on our objective to gain positive contribution to an individual. Its primary goal is to win a conversation and focus on the other person’s interest or the things they like to talk about. It is a book that allows us to know the importance of diverse personalities and perception.
The Fred Factor by Mark Sanborn
This book talks about how a certain relationship can change over the course of altering one’s perception. It talks about how people should build a foundation for success. It focuses on understanding the value of loyalty and teamwork to be able to establish a firm basis of connection. Some valuable lessons you may find in the book are the 7 b’s, which include the following: be real, be interested, be a better listener, be emphatic, be honest, be helpful, and be prompt.
Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi
It is a book that promotes a positive relationship by focusing on helping others. Its primary goal is to teach us to build a network and use it as a stepping-stone in finding ways to help people become successful. It talks about how we value a new person in our lives and think of him as someone who will stay with us and will share a friendship for a lifetime.
The Science Of Likability By Patrick King
It is an influential book that talks about our relationship with others and how we affect them by thinking negatively. It is like we condition a certain person to attach the negative emotions we have so they can also feel the same negative vibe towards the other one. It goes the same as thinking positively about an individual. When you talk about a person’s positive characteristic, you encourage other people to feel positive about him as well.
Daring Greatly By Brene Brown
One main focus of this book is a person’s vulnerability. It talks about the different imperfections we have as a human. This book tells us more about what it takes to fight the fear of not being perfect enough for people that matter to us. It inspires us to do great on things that we love and convert our weakness into our source of strength.
These inspirational relationship books are a great way of getting information on how we should treat other people. Not only those people whom we just met or those significant persons we love but also those people we surround ourselves with.
Five years ago, I started my spiritual journey by joining a group of women who meet together once a week studying God’s word and how to apply it in our daily lives. The Bible is said to be God’s diary that He left to us so we will know Him more. It is a manual that could tell us how we should live our lives.
Focusing the mind on materialism is death, but setting your mind on spirituality is the beginning of life and peace.
I have always been fond of books and stories that are based on true-to-life experiences of people from different era, different places, and backgrounds. Such stories fill me with a broad sense of inspiration, knowing that the experiences shared within these kinds of stories are not just works of fiction, but events that have a possibility of happening in my life.
Life is never easy. An unfathomed, exciting, and scary part of life is the uncertainty that revolves around it, how life has its highs and lows, the ups and downs. But no matter where we are in that state, books are our sanctuary.
Read To Happiness
Though we live our lives seeking ways to make life easier, we sometimes forget the toll it brings to our welfare. The quest for happiness often takes a toll on our bodies, both physically and mentally. We get tired and confused because of all the problems, and challenges life throws at us. These times are when we seek advice to understand better and allow us to cope with the hardships of life. We look for guides to direct us to where we want to be, how to be there, and when the right time is for everything.
Never Judge A Book Unless You Read What’s In-Between The Covers
Many of us seek books for inspiration, for advice, for answers. But of course, we can’t just purchase and read any books on the shelves. We can’t say what’s inside by merely looking at the titles printed on the cover. What the book is in its entirety is not always what the cover conveys. You must know what exactly are on those pages, not just the riveting book cover.
Those who make book reviews are the judge if the book is worth your time reading or if the book is written primarily for you.
Book Reviews Can Sometimes Be Your Road Maps
Most of us read a wide array of books and read book reviews which offer an extensive selection of different point of views about books that share wisdom and insights about life. Book review sites have a collection of a broad category of the book for users to be able to pick and choose what book they desire to read at the moment. There are book reviews that are comprehensive and personal, wherein the people who wrote the reviews took their own time to read and understand every book to be able to provide other readers a subjective, yet relatable, review of every book.
Book review blogs provide users book reviews that deal with the personal welfare of an individual. They sometimes categorize books depending on what it offers and who it caters. It can be about books on mental health, spirituality, families and relationships, home guide, DIY stuff, and many more.
Readers will find reviews that may help them determine what books deal with the same problems or dilemmas they are feeling at the moment. Book reviews will be essential for book lovers to have an idea of what book they want to read about. Recommendations also come from these book reviews where the authors have specifically targeted those that would greatly benefit from reading a specific book depending on what topics or lessons a book contains between its covers.
Reviews are often insightful and educational, written to provide the users with a fresh take on topics that most matter. Short but exciting reading for those who are looking for exciting things to casually read.
These book reviews will undeniably provide wisdom and insights for those who seek it, discussions about books written and designed to guide those who are lost and are looking for answers to the questions of life.
Those who do book reviews should read and give their analysis barefoot, without the burden and without showing bias to offer the readers truthful and fair information. What readers are looking for is a place of solace for their troubled minds, a place where they can find peace within the comfort of a book.
Do you want your child to grow up in love with books?
Whether the child is still in your tummy, just about to learn to chew a page or even someone who can read a book on her own, you can always start instilling the important habit of reading.