Most readers, when asked why they love to read will say that they enjoy learning, exploring other worlds, escaping reality, or expanding their minds.
When asked why its so important, you may reference studies proving books increase empathy, say that it helps you understand the world, or that reading is the fastest way to learn. But these are all benefits gained from reading books, what of the physical act of reading itself? Turns out, the effect is literally life changing:
So there you go: a scientific reason to spend as much time reading as you possibly can!
The final volume in S.E. Grove’s stunning, bestselling Mapmakers trilogy. At the end of The Golden Specific, Sophia was on her way home to Boston, anticipating her reunion with Theo. But he has been conscripted to fight in the Western War—Prime Minister Broadgirdle’s twisted vision of Manifest Destiny. Shadrack is in his thrall as War… Continue reading Review: The Crimson Skew (The Mapmaker’s Trilogy #3)
It’s 1982, and Taeko is 27 years old, unmarried, and has lived her whole life in Tokyo. She decides to visit her family in the countryside, and as the train travels through the night, memories flood back of her younger years: the first immature stirrings of romance, the onset of puberty, and the frustrations of… Continue reading Movie Review: Only Yesterday
BE WHO YOU ARE. When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl. George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web. George really, really, REALLY… Continue reading Review: George by Alex Gino
The seventh and final book in the #1 New York Times bestselling I Am Number Four series! With United as One, this action-packed series comes to a surprising, breathtaking, and utterly satisfying conclusion. The Garde didn’t start this war, but they’ll do whatever it takes to end it once and for all. . . .… Continue reading Review: United as One (Lorien Legacies #7) by Pittacus Lore
Throughout the year, you’ll rarely find me watching sports. I may watch a bit here or there if something interesting is on, but I don’t follow any leagues or teams or athletes. But when it comes to the Olympics, I suddenly become a sports junkie. I spend the whole time watching as many events as I can,… Continue reading Bookmarked Thoughts: Rio 2016
In LET’S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED, Jenny Lawson baffled readers with stories about growing up the daughter of a taxidermist. In her new book, FURIOUSLY HAPPY, Jenny explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea. And terrible ideas are what Jenny… Continue reading Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson