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"It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it." - Oscar Wilde
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The Daily Rabbit Hole: Uncommon English Words
agelast - (n.) A person who never laughs.
Definitely not me, considering I laughed at “pauciloquent” meaning concise.
I like asking questions. One of my favorites to ask is “why do people like …” and filling in the blank with pretty much anything. The root of that question is understanding interest and what makes our brain decide if something is interesting or not. In short, I’m interested in interest.
This is how I ended up on this Atlantic article about the reading habits of Americans. I wanted to know why people like to read. It turns out, half of us don’t read at all (save for what we wade through on our phones and email), and only about 5% of the country reads 50+ books a year.
The ‘Wait, What?’ Vortex: Barbara Cartland holds the record for most novels written in a single year.
“She wrote roughly 23 novels each year and had a total of 723 published pieces.”
A key to reading more …
I would like to make an educated guess that anyone who has subscribed to this newsletter has probably thought to themselves at least once this year, “I wish I read more.” It turns out there is a simple solution to this, and it’s rooted in my interest in interest …
Move the books or the Kindle to visible places around your living space instead of stashing them on a single bookshelf or in a closet.
At our core, we’re wired to care about what is around us. Availability is the key to interest, therefore in this instance the key to reading more.
I love the simplicity of this. I’m off to make my kindle and a few paperbacks more accessible throughout my house.
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