Project 10: Read a Damn Book

Hey team!

The second installment in ‘Project 10’ (loving the cool name, can you tell) is all about reading books, literature or whatever floats your boat, as long as it’s not just your facebook feed (except for Charge Nutrition) 😉

Let’s get right in!

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Apart from looking like an absolute boss with a shelf stacked full of books which goes towards looking smart, reading has a TONNE of benefits to your life, aside the obvious ones there are brilliant reasons such as;

1: Proven delay of Alzheimer’s and Dementia

See the brain like an ordinary muscle. It needs regular stimulation and exercise to keep strong, and such exercise is only beneficial to prevent it from losing it’s power.

“Use it or lose it”

2: Stress Reduction

This is a more obvious one. Reading acts as a great avenue of which to channel energy. It proves as a distraction to most things in life or consume mental energy through learning or generally reading a decent novel. You’ll find you’ll sleep a lot easier too when reading before bed, just remember to turn your kindle brightness down (don’t try it on bright, trust me).

3: Improvement in memory

Be it a novel or something of the non fiction variety, the amount of recall necessary can be a challenge at times. Test a book of Game of Thrones for example, the amount of characters and factions and story arcs to remember is overwhelming, over time you’ll learn to have better and quicker recall. More so!! Every new memory created forges brand new brain pathways hereby strengthening your short term memory over more than just your book. Found a great article on memory here.

4: Improves your vocabulary

It’s no surprise that reading can boost your vocabulary skills. The more you read the more you’ll see fancy words pop up in conversation. It’ll be hard to remember new ones at first but write it down and challenge yourself to use it in context the next day, doing this will firmly cement it into your brain (see point 3 above). Just don’t look like an idiot like me and switch round ambiguous and unambiguous… Don’t ask.

5: Improves your creativity

When you start reading books you open up a world of more creative possibilities. I found this true by moving from novels to self-improvement books. Books such as ones which highlight productivity tips or books on how to manage my finance better, you get the picture, the stereotypical self help books or industry specific topics.  It’s only from repetitive reading of books like these that you have better creative options when required.

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My top three non-fiction books I’ve EVER read:

1: Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card

This is a brilliantly gripping fantasy/science fiction book with many a life lesson inside. With one of the best endings I’ve ever read of a book, the journey of a child and his self discovery whilst serving as part of a dystopian military is something which I’ve found unparalleled. Faced with destruction against a familiar threat it’s a story about Ender’s rise with friends and enemies and a story even he doesn’t realise is evolving behind the scenes. Jesus, i’m not even editing this, i’m an awful book reviewer but it’s amazing stuff.

2: Wool – Hugh Howey

This is almost on par with Ender’s Game above. The similar dystopian future of a post apocalyptic world, all is not as it is thought. A community of people who now live in silo’s under and on the planet’s surface after a nuclear war, there’s lies, treachery, characters and a huge discovery that maybe everything isn’t as it seems in the silo after so many years of acceptance. Another sci-fi/fantasy book, I have a favourite genre.

3: A Time to Kill – John Grisham

Ah-ha! A legal thriller, you were expecting sci-fi weren’t you. John grisham is an excellent story teller, painting amazing imagery and scenes from start to finish. I’m not going to take away any credit what so ever froma crappy review by me, check out this official blurb:

“When Carl Lee Hailey guns down the hoodlums who have raped his ten-year-old daughter, the people of Clanton see it as a crime of blood and call for his acquittal. But when extremists outside Clanton hear that a black man has killed two white men, they invade the town, determined to destroy anything and anyone that opposes their sense of justice.”

“Jake Brigance has been hired to defend Hailey. It’s the kind of case that can make or break a young lawyer. But in the maelstrom of Clanton, it is also the kind of case that could get a young lawyer killed.”

Get these books in your life, please!!

My top 3 self-growth/discovery books

1: Entrepreneur Revolution – Daniel Priestly

THE book which got me thinking about setting up my own business and initially this blog 2 years ago, I read this in two sittings (half of it on a plane). This isn;t just for business people or anypne trying to start a business, it’s got one common theme running through it which Daniel aims to get you to live in all aspects of your life without telling you specifically what it is (everyone gets the same answer). Get this book and tell me what theme you noticed running through.

2: How to be a productivity Ninja – Graham Alcott

A down right funny book with amazing tips as to how to get the most from your working or leisure in life. I’ve taken many of these lessons here and applied them straight away. Brilliant time saving tactics about life.

3: How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie

It is absolute stunning how this book is so relevant today but was written in 1936. To this day it is the most influential book in the people management area of working. From sales to management, from personal training to dealing with your kids, I don’t do it justice to bang on about what reach this book has. Dale Carnegie has the most compelling and engaging method of writing that sucks you in instantly and after reading the first two chapters your life will be changed, without a lie.

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So there we have it, my book recommendations and the top reasons you need to start reading (if you haven’t) or continue to do so!! There’s so much solace to be found in books I can’t bang on about it enough 🙂

Charge up your vocabulary!!

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