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Effects and Consequences of Reading a Book a Week

Updated on November 2, 2019
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Davie is a passionate consumer of nonfiction literature and knowledge distributor for the purpose of enhancing people's lives.

Forming a habit of reading a book a week is more important than your monthly income. I’m not exaggerating because no matter how wealthy you become, neglecting the enrichment of intrinsic value leaves an unfillable void.

Many people are transparent on the topic of avoiding books and there’s nothing wrong with it. For the ones who get easily distracted by pre-occupied environments, audiobooks and visual presentations are compelling options.

The most archaic form of assimilating knowledge is undoubtedly *drum rolls* - you guessed it, reading. Books are so ubiquitous that even the wealthiest man on Earth gained his fortune with it – you know exactly whom I am referring to.

I will later share my thoughts, emotions and relief about listening to audiobook(s) ten hours a day. The feelings I had after doing it seven days straight was resurrecting. Maybe resurrecting was too gentle as a word to describe excitement, contentment and exhaustion. I will break it down for you in the upcoming days.

Eye Opening Experience

Literally and metaphorically. First of all, I sometimes have hard times to keep my eyes open because of the discipline of reading a book within a certain amount of time and tiredness is never going to be factor for me to give up on the goal. But the aversion is only temporary. The most appealing experience comes from the self-awareness of a person’s self-recognized ignorance and the amplitude of the versality of the flowing rock we are living on.

One book at a time, you will comprehend the Earth and its phenomena piece by piece. Do not rush it, every beauty and beast are built with patience and prudence. The frequent apprehension of life and its creations wake up endless amount of questions. All these thoughts will be wandering inside your mind after reading around ten books. You will question details of the most mundane habits, for instance why don’t we ever use opposite hands instead of the “habitual” one. Try to open a door with your opposite hand and put on a sock to the other foot first.

For the record, I’d like to share a list of my “eccentric-doings” with you that I have written down for experiments of “living on the other side”:

  • open doors with opposite hand
  • put on socks in different order
  • start walking stairs with opposite foot
  • switch grip on knife and fork
  • gesture with opposite hand
  • learn and use new words daily
  • learn something new (or) and fun – for me it was history of paintings
  • try new cuisine daily
  • say “no” way more often
  • stop being friendly to people I dislike
  • seek opportunities to chitchat with the highest leaders of my company


Some of the items are meant to be done daily and others occasionally. For instance, it’s pretty challenging to have daily conversations about your puppy’s new attire with your CFO if you are not on an equally demanding position or simply, couldn’t reach her more than an hour a week.

I highly and warmly recommend experimenting the small things like starting walking stairs with your opposite foot and switching the grips of knives and forks. Numerous researches have found that by executing the simplest tasks with only a small tinkering can active undiscovered areas of the brain.

Boost of Creativity

This is a mathematical equation and it goes as following:

New Knowledge + New Vocabulary + Experimentation = Supreme Creativity


The more you consume new information and put them to use, the more and faster your creativity strides. Your mind is comparable to the outer space – looking pretty calm skin-deep but actually tons of matters happening concurrently.

Creativity not only keeps the person being entertained twenty-four-seven but also enhances optimism, aspiration, motivation and willpower. And a person geared with such efficiencies is destined to succeed in life.


Concrete Substantiality

Along the road of massive knowledge consumption, you will find it easier producing documents (like articles and reports), having meaningful conversations with people beyond your imagination, having connections and being able to bond with people from different backgrounds, liking a broad variety of things you didn’t like before and having extreme confident on speaking up your ideas.

Allow me to disassemble the enchantment for you.

Before junior high, I was an insurmountably shy kid. Giving speeches and holding presentations were terrifying. It’s a feeling that never gets away if you don’t seek a cure for it and by seeking I mean improving your foundation of knowledge. Have you ever held back on things that you were confident with? I guess not because everyone of us is filled with passion and adrenaline when we’re talking about our expertise. Feeling the competency is directly proportional to being in the zone - time flies, appetite is lost, weariness is evaporated and your feet might be trembling of the adrenaline. It’s normal and it’s wonderful. The more it happens the more often you get things done.

So how to be more competent? By reading and implementing what has been learnt. Don’t avoid mistakes, embrace them. Mistakes are your stepping stones to your trophy stage. I remember my first speech like it was yesterday...

It was the graduation ceremony of our elementary school. I was 11 years old and presenting a speech in front of the entire school. Nervous, excited, convivial, thrilled, frightened, shaken and filled with indescribable contentment. It was that moment when I realized that sharing knowledge with a crowd brings enormous joy. I got the opportunity to represent the participants who have been the vital components behind the speech and I was feeling blessed and grateful. And I strongly believed that the reasons of me being allowed to perform was the efforts I put on school assignments and grades. I’m not telling you to brag but to remind you and myself that being well-read and trying out different things, pieces tend to move into places like an automated jigsaw puzzle.


Now let’s wrap it up. The purpose of this article is not to push the idea of reading into your life but to bring forward the avail and advantages you can profit from. Not continuously developing yourself is not a shame neither indignity but doing the opposite will definitely guarantee a life of great worth.


Thanks for sharing time with me and happy reading. Until next time!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Davie Chen

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    • Davie Chen profile imageAUTHOR

      Davie Chen 

      4 months ago from Helsinki

      Thank you, Matt for your feedback and spending time on my article! I agree that reading is not always meant to be the number one tool as a hobby or for self-development, but lucky us, there are plenty of other stuffs to do to sharpen our minds.

      Great work on reading so many books! Usually people read in average of 1.7 books a year.

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      Matt Doran 

      4 months ago from Manchester, UK

      Great article, Davie! I'm not very disciplined when it comes to reading. I go through phases. Sometimes I don't read anything for weeks and then at other times I read 3 or 4 books at a time. I definitely feel mentally sharper when I read though.

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