When was the last time you read a book, or a substantial magazine article? Do your daily reading habits center around tweets, Facebook updates, or the directions on your instant oatmeal packet? If you’re one of countless people who don’t make a habit of reading regularly, you might be missing out: reading has a significant number of benefits, and just a few benefits of reading are listed below.
1. Mental Stimulation
Studies have shown that staying mentally stimulated can slow the progress of (or possibly even prevent) Alzheimer’s and Dementia, since keeping your brain active and engaged prevents it from losing power. Just like any other muscle in the body, the brain requires exercise to keep it strong and healthy, so the phrase “use it or lose it” is particularly apt when it comes to your mind. Doing puzzles and playing games such as chess have also been found to be helpful with cognitive stimulation.
2. Stress Reduction
No matter how much stress you have at work, in your personal relationships, or countless other issues faced in daily life, it all just slips away when you lose yourself in a great story. A well-written novel can transport you to other realms, while an engaging article will distract you and keep you in the present moment, letting tensions drain away and allowing you to relax.
Everything you read fills your head with new bits of information, and you never know when it might come in handy. The more knowledge you have, the better-equipped you are to tackle any challenge you’ll ever face.
Additionally, here’s a bit of food for thought: should you ever find yourself in dire circumstances, remember that although you might lose everything else—your job, your possessions, your money, even your health—knowledge can never be taken from you.
4. Vocabulary Expansion
This goes with the above topic: the more you read, the more words you gain exposure to, and they’ll inevitably make their way into your everyday vocabulary. Being articulate and well-spoken is of great help in any profession, and knowing that you can speak to higher-ups with self-confidence can be an enormous boost to your self-esteem. It could even aid in your career, as those who are well-read, well-spoken, and knowledgeable on a variety of topics tend to get promotions more quickly (and more often) than those with smaller vocabularies and lack of awareness of literature, scientific breakthroughs, and global events.
Reading books is also vital for learning new languages, as non-native speakers gain exposure to words used in context, which will ameliorate their own speaking and writing fluency.
5. Memory Improvement
When you read a book, you have to remember an assortment of characters, their backgrounds, ambitions, history, and nuances, as well as the various arcs and sub-plots that weave their way through every story. That’s a fair bit to remember, but brains are marvellous things and can remember these things with relative ease. Amazingly enough, every new memory you create forges new synapses (brain pathways)and strengthens existing ones, which assists in short-term memory recall as well as stabilizing moods. How cool is that?
Oh my gosh thanks! That’s so sweet of you to say:)
Thank you, Gina! You’re soooo sweet. *million hugs and kisses*
Thank you so much Helen! You’re the best. *million hugs and kisses*
"Yes, Maxon," I whispered. "It’s possible."
Being 1 of the 35 Selected girls is a dream come true for any girl in the whole nation except for America. She wants nothing to do with the Selection, the Palace and especially Prince Maxon. She just wants to continue living her secret love affair with Aspen who is a caste lower than her.
But to her dismay, she was selected and meets Prince Maxon. He wasn’t what she thought he was at all. Her plans start to change.
From wanting nothing to do with The Selection, she starts to realize maybe she’s where she belongs.
I’ll start by saying how much I love the cover of this book. It’s what got me attracted to it in the first place. The dress is just so gorgeous! I’ve been wanting to read this for the longest time but I didn’t want to read it without having all the three books first cause I can’t handle cliffhangers and with my sister’s nonstop rave about how much I’ll like this book when I finally had all the books, the journey starts.
At first America is so freaking stubborn that I just want to go there myself and sign the application form for her. Any girl with a beating heart would want Prince Maxon, I will not go on and denying how much I love him so it annoys me how whiny she is. Just sign it, America!
Aspen, I have so much mixed feelings about this guy. First, he shows so much passion towards America which I love then she makes a big deal about food. FOOD of all things. Really Aspen? That is so lame. SO I start getting annoyed with him cause hello, America just wants to surprise you and you make a big deal out of it and break up with her. Then of course, you’re going to want her back. It’s too late Aspen. America has ridden on the boat to Prince Maxon and just let them be happy and disappear. K. Thanks. Bye.
Oh. God. Oh. God. Oh. God. Prince Maxon. I’m in love. He’s so sweet and gentle and cute. I want to marry him. I want to be the ONE. (Okay, Aspen, so I kind of changed my mind. You go get America back so I can keep Maxon for myself. Deal?) I swear you guys when you read about him, you will more than swoon. You will quantuple swoon.
“Spread those strong wings of yours. Fly.”
To join you simply have to write the opening lines of any book and/or an excerpt from page 56 but remember no spoilers.
For this week, I have chosen Second Chance Summer By Morgan Matson!
I EASED OPEN MY BEDROOM DOOR TO CHECK THAT THE HALLWAY WAS EMPTY. When I was sure that it was, I shouldered my purse and closed the door behind me quietly, then took the stairs down at the kitchen two at a time. It was nine a.m., we were leaving for the lake house in three hours, and I was running away.
Though I didn’t want to, I found myself gravitating next door. The lights were on in what I now knew was Henry’s house, spilling out from the windows into squares on the gravel driveway.
"A man with success has interests to protect. A man with nothing was far more dangerous."
Now that the system is rebooted, it’s time to start all over again. With the Rebooters heading the New Era and Syd, the former proxy, being the symbol of success.
Love by most reviled by some, Syd now has Liam, his bodyguard. Liam’s only mission is to keep him safe but sometimes feelings get in the way.
People are falling ill with diseases that are undiagnosed. The Guardians, the former enforcers, get hit first and it seems like the Rebooters don’t care until it starts to spread.
There’s no choice but to find the cure.
Will they be able to find it before it’s too late?
If you’re reading this it means you’ve read Proxy and it’s heartbreaking what happened to Knox… Right? While I was reading, I completely forgot that he has the blood of Syd flowing in his veins. It was heroic what he did and he died still very charmingly if that’s at all possible.
Out with the old in with the new. Syd is now still finding himself. How heavy is the burden of knowing you were suppose to die but someone else took your place? “It’s your future. Choose.” Syd always remembers these last words of Knox. He feels like he has no choose so he just keeps living in his misery. Okay Syd, man up! Stop it with the self-pity and choose. Stop making other people choose for you.
We meet Liam. Yup, he’s a hottie. Oh. Gosh. The moment you read it, it’s already obvious that he likes Syd. He tries to hide it at first but I’m sorry not sorry that Liam isn’t the King of Subtilty. He was too damn obvious which just made me squeal. He’s a cutie and I love him. His thoughts towards Syd are just so genuine that it’s getting me to root for them!
Lena is ready to fight.
After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, they return to the Wilds. But not even the Wilds is safe anymore.
Told from the point of view of both Lena and Hana, her best friend that was left behind.
They live in the same world but different sides until finally there stories collide.
I just have to talk about the dramatic OMG moment at the ending of Pandemonium.
"Promise me we’ll stay together. You and me."
"I promise." When those lines where spoken I just couldn’t stop smiling. After everything they went through and then this happens. I’m just *blushes nonstop* then…
"Don’t believe her."
WHAT I’M LIKE WHAT. ALEX IS ALIVE. I knew it. I knew it. But I never anticipated that his entrance back to the book would be so dramatic. I couldn’t breath. The whole time I was saying who will she choose? They are both sooooo perfect. Alex who sacrificed his life for Lena to be safe or Julian who turned his back from his old life at the DFA and opt death then be cured?
Guys. How can you choose between these two? It’s so hard. Both of them sacrificed something so huge to be with Lena. The question remains.. Team Alex or Team Julian?
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
For this week’s teaser, we have chosen The Geography Of You and Me By Jennifer E. Smith.
In bed that night, Lucy breathed in.
In the car that afternoon, Owen breathed out.
"You’re early," he said but it didn’t feel that way to Lucy. To her, it felt like it had been forever.
I’m ready for my own adventure. *thoroughly searches for Frank Porter*
Morgan called this the SYBG starter kit. ♥
"People with destinies shouldn’t make plans."
Two worlds are at war.
With the soulless emperor bringing the angels to the human world, Karou and Akiva are finally together not in love but in a common cause—- to end the war with as little bloodshed as possible. With there unforgotten dream and hope for a better future not just for Eretz but for themselves.
Will they be able to defeat the gods and monsters and finally be together?
With never ending twists and surprises, you better hold on to your seats as you read the last book to this amazing world of chimaera, angels and humans.
I was both very excited and nervous to start this… Yes, the last book of a series always does this to me because I just want Karou and Akiva to be together, okay?! Is that such a crime??? *the dilemma in my head*
My favorite part of these books are the “Once upon a time…” they just add mystery and I find myself looking forward to each one when I started reading this series.
This book starts with a new character, Eliza. She is so freaking mysterious. The whole time I was like, “Who/What is she?” She’s giving me this vibe that she’s not human maybe chimaera or angel??? I’m giving you a heads up with this girl, guys. Not someone you want to mess with. ;-)
The whole time it’s just Akiva and Karou still trying to stay away from each other cause they’re still enemies… me the whole time: Stop the act!! You guys are perfect for each other. I’ll kill anyone that gets in the way of your relationship. I swear.
We were tagged by fictionalbirds. Thank you! ♥
List ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes and don’t think too hard. - They don’t have to be “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you.
Then tag ten more.
1. Clockwork Princess By Cassandra Clare
2. Ignite Me By Tahereh Mafi
3. Anna and The French Kiss By Stephanie Perkins
4. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before By Jenny Han
5. Maybe Someday By Colleen Hoover
6. Tiger’s Destiny By Colleen Houck
7. Evolution of Mara Dyer By Michelle Hodkin
8. Ketchup Clouds By Annabel Pitcher
9. Slammed By Colleen Hoover
10. Every Day By David Levithan
1. Shatter Me By Tahereh Mafi
2. Throne of Glass By Sarah J. Maas
3. Of Poseidon By Anna Banks
4. Hex Hall By Rachel Hawkins
5. Clockwork Princess By Cassandra Clare
6. Tiger’s Curse By Colleen Houck
7. The One By Kiera Cass
8. Anna and The French Kiss By Stephanie Perkins
9. Prince of Wolves By Quinn Loftis
10. The Iron Queen By Julie Kagawa