People Who Read Books Live Two Years Longer Than People Who Don’t: Today in Critical Linking

Critical Linking is sponsored today by Renegade’s Pride by B.J. Daniels:


Surveying some 3,635 people — all aged 50 or older — the study found book readers live 23 months (nearly two years) longer than non-readers. The study also found that readers of 3.5 hours or more/week were 23% less likely to die than non-readers. Almost a fourth! However, what really sets this study apart is its distinction in reading material.

And the increase holds even when controlling for education and income. No inferred reason why this should be, but still fascinating.


With books like The Devil in the White City and Dead Wake, Erik Larson has established himself as one of the world’s premier nonfiction writers. But while books like In the Garden of Beasts centered around historically obscure characters, Larson’s next book will take on one of the most famous figures of the 20th century: Winston Churchill.

I look forward to anything Larson write, though I am surprised he is tackling a subject so well-covered as Churchill. I bet he has a slightly different tack in mind, though.

With the help of booksellers and librarians from around the world, we’ve created this collection of 200 iconic HarperCollins titles–beloved books that have inspired, informed, entertained, and endured. 

Very cool feature celebrating two centuries of HC.

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