Reading Habits

Bill Gates Summer Reading List 2017

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Our two most popular celebrity posts last summer were Obama’s summer reading list and Bill Gates summer reading list. We’re still waiting for the President’s summer reads of 2017 (and are happy to wait as long as four years!), but what we do have for you today is Bill Gates summer reading list 2017, the five books the computer mogul is recommending this year. Read More

FRA Admin Reads: May 2017

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The best bit about being part of any reading group is getting recommendations, and so our admin reads section serves a double purpose. You get to know us a little better, and you get to find out what we’re reading and get some recommendations too.

April has just flown by but summer will soon be upon us and lazy days reading sound just perfect! Despite a busy month we did manage to read a few books between us, and so without further ado here are the books we loved over the last month. Read More

Speed Reading: Words Per Minute

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Ever wondered how much we read each day? From the newspaper to work mails, study material to invoices and books- all this amounts to reading being a huge part of our life ever since we learnt to read. All this reading material obviously takes up a lot of our time too. And in today’s high speed world, most people are looking for a way to save time and increase their reading speed so they can get more work done in a short span.

Speed Reading, as the name suggests, is a technique used to improve our pace of reading. You look at a word or several words. This is known as fixation. You move your eye to the next word. This is called a saccade. Then, you pause to comprehend the entire sentence you just looked at. Adding all these fixations, saccades and comprehension pauses together, the average human reading speed would amount to about 250-350 words per minute. So it would take about a minute or two to read a regular document. Read More

FRA Admin Reads: April 2017

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We’re into a new month, and now it’s time for that feature where you learn a little about us, as we feature our admin reads from the last month. When we’re not busy writing articles and reviews, we’re all usually found with our noses in a book, and here we round up what we’ve all been reading each month.

We love hearing about your reads too, and we’ll bring you the Hit of the Lits readers’ chart very soon, but for now here are our admin reads, the books we’ve loved (and hated) from the last month. Read More

The History of the Bookmark: No More Dog Ears!

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Being die-hard book lovers, we generally hate dog-eared pages or overturned books left flat open to keep us from losing the page we paused reading on. This obviously causes damage to the book spine. And though we are really optimistic about remembering page numbers, we may fail to recollect whether we were to begin reading again from page 112 or 121. No wonder the bookmark is a bookworm’s partner in crime. Read More

Literature Survey Suggests 75% of Brits are Readers

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The Royal Society of Literature has used research company Ipsos MORI to collate information, setting out to find out how much British residents know about literature. The study is complete and the findings have been published and they make for interesting reading.

Apparently, Brits think of William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and J.K. Rowling when they think of great English writers, but worryingly 20% of people surveyed couldn’t name a writer of literature at all. Read More