I read this NY Times opinion article the other day about the benefits of reading, where the author states, “Reading does things — to the brain, heart and spirit — that movies, television, video games and the rest of it cannot.”
Yes. Just yes.
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Growing up as an introvert with a sister who loved to read and no cable TV at home, I became a voracious reader. My parents encouraged me in elementary school by challenging me to read 100 books during summer breaks; when that became too easy, they challenged me with pages (10,000+ pages (!!) one summer, with every title written down in a notebook). In high school, a few friends and I started a book club, where we read books like The World According to Garp (John Irving) and The Virgin Suicides (Jeffrey Eugenides) and spent our lunches together discussing them. Yes, for fun.
‘Twas sad times when I hit college and grad school, because textbooks became more important than real books, and I pretty much stopped reading for pleasure. The release of Amazon’s Kindle was my saving grace, and for awhile, it was permanently attached to my hand as I caught up on lost time. These days, I go through periods of time when I’m obsessively reading, and periods of time when…. I’m not.
After reading that article, I feel re-inspired to tackle all of the unread books on my Kindle (and add to my ever-growing, never-ending list).
Friends, any recommendations of good books you’ve read recently? What should I read next? I’m open to all genres except romance/horror. 🙂