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According to the great George R.R. Martin, author of ‘Game of Thrones’, “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”

The benefits of reading cannot be understated – from reduced stress to increased empathy, concentration, and general knowledge, in addition to improved literacy and sleep, there is so much to be gained from reading. Despite all of these advantages, however, the demographic of students (and adults) who read for pleasure is steadily declining.

In an effort to combat this decline, our Senior School Houses are competing this semester in our inaugural SPSC Reading Challenge to see which House can collectively read the most pages. Books, including eBooks, borrowed from the Miller Library, count towards the challenge including fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels and biographies.

The three leading Houses are:

▪️ Short House on 7,268 pages
▪️ Hawkes House on 6,350  pages
▪️ Farr House on 4,241 pages

Recently, the Headmaster shared his views on the importance of reading, and let us know one of his favourite books from his youth. Click here to view.

If you need some advice on what to read please ask the friendly staff at Miller Library and they’ll point you in the right direction.

The challenge finishes Friday 24 June so you’ve still got time!

Katherine Hicks
Head of Library Services