The first crime in Antartica in almost 20 years occurred when a 54-year old engineer stabbed his co-worker over spoiling the endings of books he was reading.
Speed reader Kim Peek could read a book in an hour by scanning the left page with his left eye then the right page with his right eye. He also had an exceptional memory, able to accurately recall the contents of 12,000 books.
In Finland some children read to dogs and cows because they actually like listening and are extremely attentive.
Charles Dickens’ novels were hugely popular even among the illiterate poor. They would pool their money to hire a reader, and then gather together to listen to the stories.
In the late 1700s and 1800s, there was widespread panic about the evils of book-reading, which was described as “an outrage on decency and common sense”. People were concerned that avid novel-readers were ‘addicted’ and were becoming anti-social.
Brazil will offer inmates in its crowded prison system a novel way to shorten their sentences – cutting four days for every book they read.
Reading fiction can help boost your empathy by practicing your ability to see the world through other people’s eyes, whether it be the author’s or a character’s.
People who read books for at least 30 minutes a day live longer than those who don’t read at all.
People who read books live an average of almost 2 years longer than those who do not read at all, a Yale research found.
Reading silently didn’t happen until the dark ages, when monks took a vow of silence. Before that, reading was done aloud, which is why the Romans had no punctuation and instead, chanted words to rhythms. Reading silently uses an entirely different part of the brain.