Winter Reading Tips

The nights are drawing in – are you ready for Winter?

That’s right – Winter’s here and although that does mean that you’ll be spending less time outside, enjoying the lovely outside world, this is also a perfect time to get reading more.

With the nights closing in that much earlier, why not find yourself some cheap books and stay tucked inside home, instead of braving the nasty weather outside?

It can be difficult to develop a good reading habit during the summer months, when the weather is fine and the days are long – however, once the cold Winter weather comes blowing in, it becomes remarkably easier to simply forget about your social life and get lost in a book. Reading is an activity that truly demands your attention for long periods of time, making it a perfect hobby to pick up during the Winter.

In respect to the oncoming nights of darkness and inevitable solitude, we’re going to run through some of the things that you can do this Winter to improve your reading skill:

Stay wrapped up warm

The Winter is a tough time for all of us Brits, mostly because of the bitingly chilly weather that plagues the entire country. In order for you to be able to keep your personal reading skills up to scratch during this Winter you need stay wrapped up warm. Maintaining a consistent, healthy temperature is really important should you wish to remain focused whilst you read. For maximum warmth try a winning combination of thick fur pom pom hats and thick Mongolian lambswool scarf.

Keep your library stocked

The long, dark Winter stretches on for months on end – are you sure you’ll have enough books to read in the mean time? Knowing how dangerous the outside world is during this time, you’ll want to make sure that you have as many books around you as possible. This means ordering and buying as many as possible, before the temperature outside simply becomes to cold to survive in.

Don’t run out of food

If you want to live out this Winter, you’re going to need more than just books to survive. Most human beings need at least 1,200 calories to survive every day – when the weather is as bad as it is now, you might even need more. Running out of food mid-Winter can be a real pain and will inevitably force you outside of the house, not ideal when you consider how many roving groups of bandits are around from November to February.

Watch out for raiders

Large bands of bandits and raiders have been patrolling the Winter wastes for the last few years now, sometimes stretching out a quick trip to the shop from 15 minutes to an interminable 3 months (depending on the quality of shackles that the raiders use to restrain you). If you absolutely must leave the house then it’s vital to keep your wits about you. Try not to travel alone. If you have no other choice then be prepared run for your life. Raiders often have limited libraries, so capture at their hands might well put your reading skill back by a few years.

Stay calm at all times

Winter can be a really rough time for everyone – freezing winds, roaming raiders and fell beasts make this a treacherous time to learn to read, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try to improve your reading skill! Just remember to wrap at warm, keep well stocked up in food and stay calm.…

How Further Reading Could Help You

If your reading skills are of a decent reading standard already then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be making the most of your skill.

Many people are capable readers who have simply forgotten the wealth of knowledge and experience that they can gain by just picking up a book.

For those that choose the path of literacy there are whole host of valuable outcomes that you could benefit from. We’ve laid out just a few of the things that you could benefit from should you choose to pick up a book and get reading:

Learn how to do something new

Books aren’t just there to entertain us, often they can teach us new skills, ideologies or even languages. For busy people, who work full-time or perhaps have children, it can be really difficult to find the time to learn and develop personally. Books, such as the For Dummies series, specialise in breaking down subjects or skills so that they can be easily learnt by beginners in their own time. Subjects include: Chess, Programming and Fishing.

Get inspired by History

If you feel like you need to learn more about History or simply want to gain a fresh perspective on life then you might want to try reading a historical novel. These books take real-life historical figures and lightly dramatise their lives – good examples are Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, the first of a trilogy of books centred on Thomas Cromwell. Although lengthy, these kinds of book are great at educating and entertaining at the same time.

Get to grips with new formats

Advanced readers can test their skills by attempting to read a completely different format. These kinds of documents can often be a little harder to ferret out, but they can make for truly absorbing reading. Getting your hands on a measured building survey, for example, could be bewildering at first, but you’ll start to understand more about this niche the more you read them. You can also raid Gov.uk to find legal documents, such as laws and policies, that will really flex your skills.

Gain insight into another life

There might be no better way to experience another culture, or discover more about other peoples, than by reading an autobiography. People have been writing down their life stories for centuries now, making this kind of book particularly easy to pick up. Most of the time people choose to write their life story in a casual style, matching the way that they talk. This often leads to a personal reading experience where you’re allowed to truly get to know the subject.

Read within your knowledge base

Although many people choose to read books that broaden their knowledge base, there’s nothing wrong with reading within your interests. If you’re passionate about a certain subject then you can advance your career using this or simply deepen your knowledge for your own satisfaction. It might be that you have to spend more time and money reading deeply in to a subject, but it could lead you to becoming a true expert in your own field.…