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by Jay Reeves |

It's Not Too Late to Take the 2018 Reading Challenge

reading challengeYou probably know that when you insure with Lawyers Mutual, you’re signing up with the only malpractice carrier to have continuously covered North Carolina lawyers over the past 40 years.

You may also be aware that along with your policy you get – at no extra charge – a Client Services team ready to assist you with seminars, practice guides and risk management alerts.

But what you might not know is that Vice-President Camille Stell, who manages Client Services, is an inspiring Literary Guide. At least she is for me.

For the past couple of years, Camille has participated in the Goodreads Reading Challenge. Here’s how it works. You set a goal for yourself to read x number of books in a year. You decide on the number of books and the titles. Then start reading. Easy as that!

For accountability, your progress is monitored on the Goodreads website. You can see what others are reading, and how far they’ve progressed on their personal quests. This adds an element of fun – and competition!

More than two million people have signed up for the 2018 challenge. Through March, these readers had finished more than 13 million books, and additional books are being devoured every second.

Last year Camille set a goal of 30 books. She exceeded it by reading 38 (a total of 11,507 pages). She’s well on her way to doing the same thing this year.

Read about Camille’s literary journey here and here and here.

You can see what she’s currently reading – and sample her own superb writing – on her Traveling Mercies blog.

And though I was late arriving at the party, I’ve just signed up for the 2018 Challenge. I’ve started with My Antonia  by Willa Cather.

Come and join us. We can meet up later in the year to discuss what we’ve read!

10 Ways Reading Will Make You a Better Lawyer

Courtesy of List Den:

  1. Personal enrichment. It’s fun. You might even learn an important lesson or two.
  2. Opens a window to the world. Like traveling but better because you can cross the globe without leaving your comfortable bed while sipping hot chocolate.
  3. Increases knowledge. Discover new facts about life and the world around us.
  4. Sharpens analytical skills. Through stories, you’ll find hidden significance and layers of meaning in otherwise ordinary events.
  5. Improves concentration. Reading is the antithesis of multitasking.
  6. Develops wit. Add to your arsenal of linguistic weaponry with puns, sarcasm, analogy and metaphor.
  7. Boosts imagination. George R.R Martin says: “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”
  8. Get a mental workout. Prevent your brain from atrophying.
  9. Improves your public speaking. You’ll pick up words, phrases and expressions that will inform your daily communications.
  10. Increases your vocabulary. The more you read, the less likely you’ll be caught fumbling for the right word.

What are you reading? Send us an email.



About the Author

Jay Reeves

Jay Reeves practiced law in North Carolina and South Carolina. He was Legal Editor at Lawyers Weekly and Risk Manager at Lawyers Mutual. He is the author of The Most Powerful Attorney in the World, a collection of short stories from a law life well-lived, which as the seasons pass becomes less about law and liability and more about loss, love, longing, laughter and life's lasting luminescence.

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