Don’t the fall months just make you want to curl up with a hot mug of cider and read a good book at night? No? Well, it should! Let me tell you why.
It was one of my personal goals this year to get back into reading, so I did. Okay, okay…I didn’t read as many books as I wanted, but I still got my fair share finished. If you’re wondering why I made this one of my goals, well stay tuned and I’ll give you a few reasons!
- It teaches you how to read minds! Say what!? Yup, it’s true! Studies have found that people who read literary fiction for five to ten minutes a day were able to pick up on and understand others’ mental states. Who doesn’t want to know another person’s every fleeting thought?! Okay, maybe I don’t want to know what everyone thinks all the time, but it is nice to be able to pick up on others’ social ques to help yourself be more kind, empathetic, and engage appropriately in conversation.
- It may help you succeed at your job! There have been several studies showing that low literacy rates lead to increased chances of incarceration, health issues, and unemployment…yikes (**picks up book **reads vigorously)! The happy, opposite of this problem is that having high literacy scores will help in every aspect of your life. The author provides the text, but your imagination sets the scene!
- It keeps your brain healthy and helps keep Alzheimer’s away! Let’s be real, I already forgot to feed my dog this morning…just kidding…but I do forget a lot of things, just ask my husband (**facepalm…though I tell him he’s still wrong…). But seriously, reading to help keep my mind active to prevent complications later in life…easy peasy and fun!
- It could make you better at math! Excuse me?! Where was this study when I was sighing and screaming my way through algebra ll in school?! Lord knows I needed (ahem…NEED) all the help I could get with math. It has been proven to increase all test scores…even in math!
There are so many more reasons to read frequently, but I didn’t want my blog to be labeled TL;DR (Too Long, Didn’t Read…Thanks, Ann!) For those who want to know, below is my list.
- The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins
- Talking as Fast as I Can – Lauren Graham
- In a Dark Dark Wood – Ruth Ware
- The Woman in Cabin 10 – Ruth Ware
- Fail Until You Don’t – Bobby Bones
- Firewall – Diann Mills (currently reading)
- Go Down Together – The true untold story of Bonnie and Clyde – Jeff Guinn | FYI this is quite possibly my most anticipated book!
- Tasting Grace – Melissa D’Arabian
It’s about to get exciting! Have fun! Read on!
science.sciencemag.org | forbes.com | American Academy of Neurology | theguardian.com