A Love of Reading

by Molly Dixon

National read a book day is on the 6th September, and to me, this is probably one of the most important days on earth! (besides pancake day) Why? Because reading is like breathing! 7 billion people do it constantly, almost every second, every day of our lives. But now, it’s rare to find a true bookworm! Yes, you might have read three or four and really enjoyed them, but with over 130 million books in the world, there’s many more ideas, fantasies and true grit to read…

For the love of a good book

There’s absolutely nothing like buying a good book at a discounted price and getting your nose stuck in, flicking from page to page, immersing your self into the author’s world, which your imagination makes your own.

We let our minds run wild when we’re actually interested in the book we’ve got in front of us. That’s just one of the things I love about reading. You can explore the depths of your imagination you didn’t even know you could, like your senses, emotions and memories.

When reading a detailed drama about boy meets girl, you might start to think about the mood, the weather, the rain droplets on the characters skin or the feeling of a hand against yours, and if it’s a gripping, true novel about a celebrities rocky past we may get the feeling of empathy, hope, love and joy.

Reading has absolutely no limits and its as broad as the earth’s sea. People enjoy reading all over the world for completely different reasons but did you know that’s it’s actually good for us… it may well be one of the best things for us, humans!

And here’s why:

1. It broadens your vocabulary in ways you can’t imagine. Today, our lives are filled with abbreviated text messages like ‘LOL’, but, what if we opened a book once in a while and kept filling our knowledge boxes with better words for laugh, and loud? We’d end up using words like chuckle and thundering, our communication broadens with every book we read, making talking to people out loud so much more interesting!

2. It makes us smarter! Reading the world’s novels fills us up with the knowledge we didn’t know, and might’ve never known before we opened the pages. Reading helps us have a better understanding of the universe around us, aswell as the people, beliefs, nature and more. Reading will help you in life indefinitely because it will make you a more open-minded, intelligent individual.

3. Reading a good book reduces stress. In your relationships or any other issues causing you to rip your hair out on a daily basis, it usually all floats away when you lose yourself in a great story.

4. Whenever we read a book, you have to remember a series of characters, events that are happening, their backgrounds and whom they are related too, therefore, you’re always exercising your memory, which makes expands it and keeps it broad.

Competition Time

Enter these two fabulous book competitions and in just a few clicks you could be in with a chance of being a Snizl Winner!

WIN – Ocean Meets Sky by The Fan Brothers

Win this fabulous hardback edition of Ocean Meets Sky.
From the creators of The Night Gardener, comes a stunning new picture book about a young boy who sets sail to find a place his grandfather told him about… the spot where the ocean meets the sky.
It’s a good day for sailing…


WIN – Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

The Sunday Times bestseller Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon `Funny, touching and unpredictable’ Jojo Moyes Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive – but not how to live…


If you want to celebrate on the 6th September and get stuck into a brilliant new book, why not have a look at some of these online independent bookshops! Filled with remarkable Best Sellers, Rare books and wonderful discounted novels delivered right to your door…

White Horse Bookshop

136 High Street, Marlborough,

The multi-award winning White Horse Bookshop first opened its doors in 1943 and has stood on its present site – a 16th-century townhouse in Marlborough, Wiltshire – since 1949. Although we are much more than just an online bookshop, we remain independent and inspiring readers of all ages continues to be our passion. Over 200,000 discounted books online for next day delivery.


BOOKS etc.

Gresham Industrial Estate, Eastern Road
GU12 4YD

BOOKS etc is a UK online business that is based in Aldershot, Hampshire. We are a family run company that aims to bring customers a fantastic selection of books at great prices, fast delivery and friendly helpful customer service. We work closely with publishers to highlight both the latest titles and older books that you may have missed the first time around.


Blackwell’s Online Bookshop

Blackwell Ltd, 50 Broad Street

Trading since 1879, Blackwell of Oxford is the largest bookseller in the UK and now, online, there are over 50 different topics and genres you can explore! Blackwells’ offer a fast dispatch, with a carefully packaged, worldwide delivery. The 45 stores across the UK are just another fantastic aspect of Blackwells and you don’t even need to visit one, you can visit the online shop instead!


Yaffle Cafe and Bookshop

11 Morledge

We’ve got a wide range of good second-hand fiction alongside our Social Change library. Ranging in price from 50p to £3.50 we try to sell books worth reading, not so much airport fiction, watered down pulp for occasional word tourists, but the stuff of true travel, travelling the depths of the sentence, digging deep down beneath the surface of the letter and taking you into worlds of words more mystical than your imagination has ever previously dared to tread. Or something.


The Book People

Salisbury House, Weyside Park,

Today we are the UK’s favourite independent bookstore, providing our customers all around the world with a place to buy books, gifts, toys and stationery with savings up to 75% off RRP – from bargain books to the latest bestsellers, children’s books, beloved classics, tasty cookbooks and much, much more.


The Great British Book Shop

9 Culley Court, Orton Southgate

The Great British Book Shop strongly believes in supporting and championing independent publishers of all sizes. By offering a fantastic new and fresh online sales channel for both printed and e-books. Our aim is to work in partnership with publishers to help them grow their book sales whilst supporting new and upcoming authors. We actively encourage our customers to help us grow the diversity of excellent publishing in the UK by buying books from a seller who believes in the importance for publishers and authors to be paid a fair price for delivering diverse content to their readers.



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