Thursday, February 11, 2016

10 bad reading habits to give up for Lent

Sick of failing to give up chocolate AGAIN? From folding over page corners to judging a book by its cover, here are 10 bad reading habits you can successfully give up for Lent

Reading in the bath
We think reading in the bath is just fine… so this is NOT one of the habits we advise giving up. Photograph: Alamy
Once the pancakes have been eaten tonight, Lent begins. Lent is a Christian tradition to give up a bad habit for six weeks before the Easter feast – but you can join in whatever your religious leaning, if you can find something you’re willing to give up…
Here’s an idea: keep doing the things you enjoy (like eating chocolate, reading too much and watching tv) and try giving up some of your bad reading habits instead.
1 Judging a book by its cover... don’t do it! This Lent, go and pick out a book which has a cover that would usually put you off. You might be pleasantly surprised!

2 Unnecessary rereading – stop yourself from going back and reading what you’ve already read and understood! You’ll get to the exciting stuff more quickly – you can even try using a ruler to block out what you’ve read already.

3 Not looking up words you don’t understand– you can learn so much from books if you give them the chance. So while reading over Lent, make sure you look up those dictionary definitions!

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