Monday, August 15, 2016

Books Are the Path to Enlightenment

You may be well informed about the many benefits of reading. But according to a recent study by researchers at Yale University, there is one benefit that you may be surprised to learn about. People who read tend to live longer than individuals who do not pick up a good book as often. Of course, in order to gain the benefit of a longer life, the reading material of choice should be something other than a magazine or newspaper. Reading isn’t exactly the fountain of youth. However, reading your favorite books more often can add almost two whole years to your life.

Struggling in School? Pick Up a Book!

In another study, a correlation was made between a person’s genetic background, their education and reading capabilities. With all of the issues plaguing the nation’s school systems, researchers at Florida State University decided to perform some research to determine if an individual’s learning ability and academic performance was influenced by genetics and their reading performance. It was found that students who had excellent reading abilities also had good grades in school, but usually when they lived and were instructed in a nurturing environment. The study also showed that students tended to perform poorly when they were instructed and lived in a less than ideal environment and that they also received lower grades.

While it is becoming more evident that reading can have a significant and positive impact on your life, you can’t take advantage of those benefits if you don’t make time to pick up a book to read very often. Even though the second study listed above was done on children, the results also have implications for adult students. If you are pursuing higher education, you should consider studying and reading your subjects in nurturing environments where learning is a priority like in a library.

For more interesting tidbits on how reading, books and your love of both can transform your world, stop on by The Book Attic! We’d love to see you, assist you with finding your next novel or personal literary pursuit. We also have other forms of entertainment like DVDs for you to browse through.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Get Your Read On About Pokémon GO

With all of the excitement surrounding Nintendo’s newest app release Pokémon GO, one can’t help but get caught up in the mix. Instead of snubbing your nose and talking about how pointless the game is or laughing at how clueless some of the players seem to be from the reports of accidents and odd occurrences that seemed to be tied to the app’s use, it’s time for you to become a little more knowledgeable about the world Pokémon.

Here’s where visiting your local bookstore in Tennessee can come in handy. Not only are we a good location for you to capture Pokémon, but we have lots of books about them too. You may enjoy learning more about the creatures and characters you are working with daily so you can see their world and the game through their eyes for a whole new perspective on the gameplay.

No matter where you look, you can’t deny their appeal. There are literally thousands of creatures for you to catch. Once you download the app and signup to play, it’s hard to ignore the excitement you feel once you see that first Pokémon located conveniently nearby waiting for you to capture it. There is a small learning curve if you are not too familiar with the game. Although it is a great app for ages 10 and up, some children as young as four and five seem to be doing pretty well with it. Check out this list of things you should know before you start playing the game.

You may feel a bit disenchanted if you are used to a different caliber of game. In fact, there are some people who feel more comfortable playing the console-based Pokémon games. To find what’s best for you, you may need to experiment with different games until you find one that is best suited for your style of gameplay.

Put your caps on and head on down to The Book Attic today to check out our book and media selection and to capture some of the elusive Pokémon that lurking nearby.