Australian Reading Hour

Today is Australian Reading Hour.

The idea is to pick up a paperback book and read for an one hour by yourself or with your children. You can read anytime of 14th of September, that suits you, as long as all devices are turned off for an hour and a physical book is in your hand.

“We want Australians to either rediscover or introduce themselves to the benefits of reading.

In children, it has been shown to help with identity formation, setting them up for success in the future.

In adults, it has been shown to reduce stress by 68% more than listening to music, going for a walk, or having a cup of tea.”

Unless you read an hour a day, this is an excellent incentive to read paperback books. It isn’t subject to Australians. The idea is for the whole world to take on board.

I am reading Ian Irvine’s, A Shadow On The Glass. Ian is an Australian Fantasy Author that has published many books and contributed a significant amount of research to the Australian Fantasy genre over the years.

If you are going to participate, comment below with the book you will be reading, by yourself or with your children, for an hour.

12 thoughts on “Australian Reading Hour

  1. By myself – ‘The Silkworm’ by Robert Galbraith ( J. K. Rowling’s pen name for her detective series)

    With a child – ‘Celeste Sails to Spain’ by Alison Lester.

    Thanks for the heads up re Australian Reading Hour!

  2. This is pretty cool. Though I don’t know why it has to be a paperback. I have to assume you get the same benefits from reading a kindle (which is also a physical object) as you do reading paper. Well, the bookstores don’t get the same benefits…it’s a conspiracy! ๐Ÿ˜€