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What activates reading? What do we read? When do we read?
Here are 47 things:
  1. Blog
  2. Articles
  3. Songs
  4. Poetry
  5. Drama
  6. Advertisements
  7. Billboards
  8. Television
  9. Brochures
  10. Grocery packages
  11. Grocery receipts
  12. Bills
  13. Bank Statements
  14. Notes
  15. Text messages
  16. Emails
  17. Magazines
  18. Tabloids
  19. Newspapers
  20. Timetable: school, examination
  21. Bus routes, tickets
  22. Train routes, tickets
  23. Street directories
  24. Recipe books
  25. Novels
  26. Storybooks
  27. Textbooks
  28. Invitation and greeting cards
  29. Medical Reports
  30. Log books
  31. Finance and accounts
  32. Holy scriptures and books
  33. Certificates
  34. Badges
  35. Signboards
  36. Shopping events
  37. Sales
  38. Cds and dvds covers
  39. Games
  40. Name cards
  41. Meetings
  42. Conferences
  43. Window shopping
  44. Attend meeting
  45. Attend conference
  46. Subtitles
  47. Headlines

What deactivates a reading activity?
Here are 34 things different ways:

1. Driving (motorists use ‘Tom Tom’ to help them read directions on the roads)
2. Having a shower
3. Swimming
4. Running
5. Talking on the phone
6. Baking a cake.
7. Boiling the kettle
8. Mopping the floor
9. Blow drying your hair
10. Cutting fingernails
11. Exercising
12. Dancing
13. Cycling
14. Sleeping
15. Sneezing
16. Coughing
17. Laughing
18. Giggling
19. Trembling
20. Shivering
21. Playing
22. Decorating the house
23. Cleaning
24. Putting on makeup
25. Making craft
26. Painting
27. Eating or drinking
28. Feeding a baby
29. Cooking
30. Sweeping the floor
31. Vacuuming
32. Adjusting our seating position
33. Scratching an itch
34. Stretching our legs
35. Daydreaming

In order to read, we have to stay still; the motorists rely on the traffic lights or signals to tell them when to stop at pedestrian crossings. If they have to read the names on the roads, they would have to slow down their vehicles first. When we are writing, we cannot read. We only read what we have written. And we can only write what we know after we have read about them. Writing is as we have said, is about something we already know. To read and write, to read and work, to read and drive or to read and play at the same time takes lots of eye-hand co-ordination and practice.

Keeping still takes effort; a child can tell you that without even saying so. We all stop reading when we start to move, when our hands and legs are engaged in some form of activity that require us to co-ordinate our muscles. The only thing we can afford to do when we have to read, is to be still. The only thing that deactivates reading when we move a single muscle in our body, including to adjust our seating position or daydreaming in which case we move our gaze from concrete text to the imaginary text or images in our heads.

How else would you read if not by keeping still?
So Lesson No. 1: Learn To Keep Still.

I have to write this down because I have difficulty remembering what I have read sometimes. I also get fidgety and restless when I have to read a lot. Take a deep breath and take a break. Reading is not an effortless activity, it just appears so because we are motionless when we read.

What happens to you when you start to read or stop reading?
Would you tell us?