Redlands notices an increase in reading rates


During this pandemic, many have turned to the world of fiction and non-fiction for an escape. Books are just one of the many activities one can use to distract themselves from boredom (Kendra Burdick/Ethic Photo).

Through this long and tortuous year, it is important to have activities that will keep the mind active and busy. Reading books is one of the best pre-boredom activities that a person could do. Through books, the mind can travel almost anywhere and do anything with anyone. 

“I feel like I can learn more about universal experiences or topics that are talked about so I have a better understanding of who someone is and start a conversation… it’s like therapy,” Destiny Blackwell, freshman at Redlands East Valley High School stated.

As a result of some unfortunate events, people have turned to books to cope with the amount of absurdity of this year. According to Real Simple, an article written by the same name that consistently follows book trends, “reading books can help readers understand perspective.” Reading can help you make strong predictions on the feelings and actions of others. This year has seen a huge increase in reading books, according to The Guardian.

The five main books that book lovers of the National Book association that most readers are currently reading are listed below.

  1. “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents” by Isabel Wilkerson

This book delivers a well-timed reevaluation of American divisions. Wilkerson’s thesis states that the country’s current obsession with race is somewhat misplaced; that there is a deeper and more intractable system that would more accurately be called American caste.

  1. “The Cold Millions” by Jess Walter

Walter structures his book about two lovable, penniless brothers trying to make ends meet in Spokane, Washington, as a concoction of tales swirling around the violent repression of laborers in the early 20th century.

  1. “Hamnet” by Maggie O’Farrell

This richly drawn and intimate portrait of 16th-century English life is set against the arrival of one devastating event: the loss of William Shakespeare’s only son to the plague.

  1. “Vesper Flights” by Helen Macdonald

In the 41 essays that make up this collection, the naturalist and author of “H Is for Hawk” seeks to tell another type of nature story, one that asks readers to see the natural world as something other than a reflection of themselves.

  1. “The Art of Dying” by Ambrose Parry

Parry takes a step back from modern medicine and wanders why patients are dying all across the city, with doctors finding their remedies powerless. She draws two characters that try to unravel the mysteries of the medical distortion, Sarah and Will Raven. The one thing holding them back is their past history with each other.

According to Spreeder, a dedicated reading system that tracks a person’s reading, “people that tend to read from one book to 1000 can become aware and diplomatic to many customs that the reader is unfamiliar with.” Many readers have even said that, due to reading, they have become more compassionate to others beliefs and viewpoints. 

Giving our minds access to books allows for us to reevaluate the world and so forth. Reading can provide the opportunity to go beyond our mind and thoughts. It lets us escape from the not-so-happy times we are currently experiencing in life–it provides hope.

Books have been helping the world through the hardest times, personal and worldwide. Now, books are helping everyone through this pandemic, providing a gateway from society to the world of mind and imagination.

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