(This post is a bit late because I’ve been busy reading!)
There are many special “days” in March: International Women’s Day, St Patrick’s Day, Harmony Day and many cultural festivals. Even though it only technically goes for 1/24th of the day, Australian Reading Hour on March 9 is a national day dedicated to sharing the joys of books, reading and stories.
I spend at least an hour every day reading. There’s a supply of books on my bedside table that changes constantly. I get through the fiction titles fairly quickly, dipping into the non-fiction books when I’m in the mood.
Australian Reading Hour was designed to share stories, but did you know that every time you read a book you are doing just that? As you read, the author is sharing their story with you. They might be sharing the story from miles away or even across the sea. They are always sharing their story through time, because even with a book that is newly published, the author finished writing the story many months ago. Many books that you read may have been written last century – or in the case of fairy tales, first told hundreds of years ago.
When you are reading, remember to always have good lighting (reading outside in the shade is ideal!) and to take breaks every so often to give your eyes a rest from focusing up close for long amounts of time.