Imagination doesn't just mean making things up. It means thinking things through, solving [problems] or hoping to do so, and being just distant enough to be able to laugh at things that are normally painful. [Some people] would call this escapism, but they would be be entirely wrong. I would call fantasy the most serious, and the most useful branch of writing there is.
--Diana Wynne Jones

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Reading still makes you sexier and one more day to enter free book drawing

Perhaps you didn't believe me when I said that reading can make you sexier. Or skinnier, especially if you didn't click on the link in the last post, but it's true. Young girls who read a book about an overweight girl who made positive life-style changes had a reduced Body Mass Index after six months, compared to a control group, whose BMI increased.
See how skinny she's getting? See the stack of books she's reading?

Literature can be powerful, have I mentioned that before?

Even though the book sounded utterly BORING. Which, I guess, suggests reading could also make you fatter if you read an equally boring book that promoted unhealthy lifestyles. Or you could read an interesting book and perhaps magically loose weight anyway. Because the authors of the study didn't use a second control group of girls who read a very exciting book that had nothing whatsoever to do with weight loss and compare their weight at the end of the study. So maybe it really was the reading itself that made everyone skinnier. Why not? Reading uses brain power, which--who knows?--probably burns a few calories, especially if your heart rate goes up in exciting parts. I'm choosing to believe that the magic potion was the reading itself. But whatever.

Anyway, you only have one more day to enter to win a free copy of Leviathan. Contest ends at midnight, June 26th (Sunday).Go here for rules and a review of  the giveaway book. And then check back Monday for drawing results. Right now your chances of winning are one in six.

1 comment:

  1. That's why I don't read culinary mysteries, like "Devil's Food Cake" by Josi Kilpack. Reading about all that good food might make me hungry :)

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