My Favorite Reading Tool

Reading in the dark is a common problem in the dormitories of my university.  Some students want to go to bed early and need the lights off, while others(like me) want to keep reading till dawn.  This creates a conflict, how can we read in the dark?

Some people resort to using their phones as a light source.  This works to an extent, however the phone emits an natural screen light that can be hard on the eyes and prevent us from falling asleep later on.  In addition, the light from a phone isn’t strong enough and its necessary to strain your eyes.  For me, my eyes begin to hurt after 5 minutes of reading with a phone light.

The best solution I found is getting a book light that attaches to my book and does all the reading for me.

I highly recommend a model that comes with a natural light source, that is, a non led book light which mimics the light of the sun.  This will keep you from going all bug eyed as you try to fall asleep.  If the book light has adjustable brightness you can dim it as the night progresses so you get more tired.  This is because as light decreases our body releases more and more melatonin, which creates the feeling of sleepiness.

Styles and Colors of Book Light

You don’t have to get a plain silver book light reader either, they come in many styles and colors!  I have seen the following styles at barnes & noble:

  • A bright blue turquoise metallic
  • A wooden finish for an even more natural feeling
  • Rainbows & polka dots
  • French, British, and German flag designs
  • Exteriors with the harry potter characters

To find one thats best for you I recommend going to a big book store near you.  If you don’t have one of those you can try browsing around online until you find the best book light for your situation.  You don’t have to get just one either, its nice to have a back up in case the light breaks.  Luckily they are cheap at around $5-$15 each.

Final Thoughts

If you are a reader and you don’t have a book light you are missing out on one of the best tools around.  Not only can you use it in your bedroom but it allows you to read while camping, or exploring the campus grounds.

As always be sure to leave a comment if you liked this post and would like to see more reading tool advice in the future.

New Harry Potter Books This Fall

There is only one thing that could make me put aside my beloved textbooks this fall–new Harry Potter books.

In a surprise announcement J.K. Rowling revealed that there will be two new books released on October 21st 2017.  This comes exactly 21 years after the first book, Harry Potter and the sorcerer’s stone, was released.

But what will the books be about?  We already know that harry potter and the cursed child had a very conclusive ending.  Well, do you remember the two spin-off books about quidditch and magical beasts?  These will be similar to those, covering topics like ‘a history of magic’ that we all remember hermoine making various quotes from throughout the series.

Even though its not a continuation of the beloved story, many die-hard fans are ecstatic about another chance to step into the wizard world.

This comes after the announcement of two more movies planned to follow up the fantastic beasts release last christmas.  I know i’m not complaining about this sudden surge of harry potter again.  You will find me rereading the original books of Harry Potter long into the night to prepare for the release of these add on books.

The books also come right before the start of Halloween, so I wonder if we will see a resurgence of harry potter Halloween costumes worn by the youth.  Which is one thing i miss about the 2000s, I was personally dressed as Harry Potter several times for Halloween:)  Be sure to let me know in the comments if you have ever had a harry potter costume!

 

Laura Lovett Books

Laura Lovett is an author from Canada and has some really amazing books!

She recently released the psychological thriller Losing Cadence.  The story starts off about a high school romance between Cadence and Richard.  They eventually have to part ways because they go to different universities, and you can tell theres something a little fishy going wrong in Richard’s head.

Fast -forward ten years later and Cadence has forgotten about Richard completely.  She has an amazing marriage to a new guy she met at University name Christian and couldn’t be happier.  Then out of the blue she is kidnapped by Richard and held hostage in his mansion.  He professes his love for her and has all kinds of plans to keep her forever.  To find out if she escapes you will have to read it yourself.

In summary, the book is filled with intense twists and suspense.  Its definitely a page turner that I had alot of trouble putting down.

If you are looking for a good book for the summer I would definitely recommed Losing Cadence or some other books from Lovett.  Don’t forget there is also a sequel in the works, so you can expect an entire saga to come.  Who knows maybe it will also be a movie some day.

Laura also has many other books such as ‘When we were to be free’.  This is a great non-fiction book that deals with interesting issues in the 1970s.

Benefits of Reading

I have been on an info-graphic binge lately and this one about the benefits of reading is really well done.

The graphic starts off by going into the details of how reading can reduce stress.  This is accurate in most cases but will depend on what you are reading.  If you read horror or scary books you might be better off not reading anything to keep stress low.  Also reading a math textbook might not be particularly relaxing.

It then goes on to say that exercising is 300% more stressful than reading.  What kind of stress? I’m pretty sure that after a long workout you will be very relaxed however during the workout of course the body is going to have a high heart rate.  The ideal situation will be to do your ‘stressful’ exercise, and then once the dopamine is released lay back and read a nice book.

Next, reading increases intelligence through building vocabulary and empathy.  Basically a book allows you to live in other times and see through others eyes. For an extra stretch try learning a new language and then reading a book in that language.

The benefits of reading are pretty obvious and clear after reading this infographic.  I have yet to meet an uninteresting reader.