Reading is breathing for the mind
Making time and space for reading can make SUCH a difference to us all, both mentally and physically.
Reading is a great way to relax. Did you know that reading has been shown to work better and faster to calm frazzled nerves than listening to music, going for a walk or sitting down with a cup of tea? Because the human mind has to concentrate on reading, the distraction eases the tensions in muscles and the heart. And so we feel more relaxed. Perhaps going for a walk and then, when back, sitting down to read, with a cup of tea, is the way to go!
When you read, not only do you reduce your stress levels, you also have the ability to escape from what immediately surrounds you. In addition, you learn more and become more able to understand others' beliefs, feelings and thoughts i.e. you become more empathetic.
We encourage EVERYONE, no matter your age, to read for at least 20 minutes each day.
Headteacher Chiquita Henson comments: 'Reading for 20 minutes or more each evening definitely helps me relax before going to sleep. The power of words never ceases to amaze me. I have been completely drawn into new worlds and experienced a rollercoaster of emotions. I have just finished ‘A Man Called Ove’ ; the simple narrative was compelling and moved me to tears of both joy and sadness. I enjoy talking about books and delight in sharing recommendations. I am currently reading ‘The Giver of Stars’ given to me by one of our school librarians and now I understand why!’
Pupil and staff recent recommendations:
Facing the Frozen Ocean by Bear Grylls
Recommended read from a pupil who liked how it was full of suspense and adventure.
This is the true story about Bear Grylls, a famous British survival adventurer, and his dream of crossing the treacherous north Atlantic in an open inflatable boat. As you start to read this book you feel like you are one of the men on the mission. Bear Grylls tells his true story with such passion that you feel you are with him in that small little boat as waves keep on hitting your face.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Geography teacher, Miss Bluett says of this book: I picked this up for a quick look after a recommendation from a friend and 2 hours later was still reading! It is a powerful story of coping and letting go and just like Conor in the book I wasn't ready for the Monster's tales to end.
Born to Run by Michael Morpurgo
Many of our younger pupils enjoy books by Michael Morpurgo and ‘Born to Run’ seems to be a particular favourite. This story is about a greyhound who finds himself in difficult situations. However, he is continually rescued and makes new friends on his adventures.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Review by English teacher Mrs Voss.
This was an excellent read. You are thrown into the world of a truly inspiring heroine who you cannot help but adore. Owens captures the unexpected beauty in the natural setting so beautifully. The mystery element to the novel makes it very difficult to put down - I thoroughly recommend this!
The Salt Path by Raynor Winn
Recommendation from Librarian Mrs Burton.
A true story about a middle aged couple who are made homeless through no fault of their own. Raynor's husband Moth is diagnosed with a terrible untreatable illness. What do they decide to do? Pick up a tent , pack their rucksacks and walk the South West Coastal Path, wild camping and living on £48 a week.
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo
Review by English teacher Mrs Voss.
I thought it was a uniquely told, inspiring tale of the lives of twelve women. Evaristo has weaved their stories together in an honest and original narrative which spans across generations. Winner of the Booker Prize 2019 and a fantastic read!
Recommended Reading Lists:
Our English Faculty has helpfully categorised their reading lists e.g. historical, dystopian, thriller, realistic, coming of age, and more. Download the lists by clicking on the images below and look for inspiration. How many of these books have you read or will you read this year?
As we write this, during the third lockdown in January 2021, access to physical books is a challenge for many. However, you can access free eBooks, eAudioBooks and eMagazines via Gloucestershire Library Service and Oak National Academy have, with the National Literacy Trust, launched a virtual school library and will be providing a free book each week.