Top Reasons Why You Should Read More
Reading Reduces Stress
A 2009 study at the University of Sussex found that reading for only 6 minutes can reduce stress levels by up to 68%. As reading is an essential part of many jobs and degrees, it is easy to forget the joys of reading a good book for fun. Yet starting a book which has no direct ties to our daily routines can help you forget your own worries, by absorbing yourself in the worries and story of the plot; stimulating physical benefits including a reduced heart rate and less muscular tension.
Reading Improves Your Memory
When reading a book, you need to remember the characters, their stories, ambitions, history and idiosyncrasies, as well as various sub-plots incorporated in the twist of the story. That’s a lot to keep in your head, but brains are amazing organs; capable of storing huge volumes of information. Each time you make a new memory, new synapses are formed, or old ones are strengthened; improving your short-term memory and stabilizing your mood. Not bad.
Reading Expands Your Vocabulary
The more books you read, the more words you will know. If English (or any other language)is not your native language, reading a book – in that language – will help you learn new words, by using the context of what you’re reading to make inferences when stumbling across a word or two you don’t know. Reading only helps children learn new words? Think again. Articulate people perform better in the workplace, because they can speak to their superiors with confidence.
Reading Improves Your Focus and Concentration
One of the major contributors to having a poor memory is a lack of concentration when learning information in the first place. When you read a novel, all of your attention is concentrated on the story – the rest of the story falters into the background and you can immerse yourself in the plot. Try reading for 15-20 minutes during your early morning commute, and you’ll surprised how much better your attention span gets while studying, at the workplace or spending time on tasks.
Here is a list of my Must Reads. Some I have read and others I have yet to read. Enjoy!
- The Slave Ship by Marcus Rediker
- The Black Jacobins by CLR James
- The Bluest Eye by Toni Mitchell(R)
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker(R)
- The Trilogy Foundation Books by Isaac Asimov(R)
- The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch(R)
- Life Upon These Shores: Looking at African American History 1513-2008 by Henry Louis Gates Jr
- The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson
- The Stand by Stephen King(R)
- The Talisman by Stephen King(R)
- The Black House by Stephen King(R)
- Bag of Bones by Stephen King(R)
- The Dark Tower Series Books by Stephen King(R)
- Dreamcatcher by Stephen King(R)
- The Green Mile by Stephen King(R)
- Gerald’s Game by Stephen King(R)
- The Girl who loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King(R)
- It by Stephen King(R)
- Lisey’s Story by Stephen King(R)
- Misery by Stephen King(R)
- Rose Madder by Stephen King(R)
- Needfull Things by Stephen King(R)
- Under The Dome by Stephen King(R)
- Cell by Stephen King(R)
- The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told by Alex Haley(R)
- The Help by Kathryn Stockett(R)
- The Firm by John Grisham(R)
- A Painted House by John Grisham(R)
- The King of Torts by John Grisham(R)
- The Summons by John Grisham(R)
- Along Came a Spider by James Patterson(R)
- Kiss The Girls by James Patterson(R)
- Four Blind Mice by James Patterson(R)
- The Lake House by James Patterson(R)
- Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach(R)
- Every Harry Potter Book!(R)
- Every Twilight Book!(R)
- Paper Towns by John Green(R)
- The Giver by Lois Lowry(R)
- I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou(R)
- A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
- Life: The Mosaic Word by Cynthia Vaughn Stevens(R) ( my cousin 🙂 )
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Peace and Blessings!