I have always been an avid reader. For me, an e-book is no replacement for the comfort of the printed paper model. It may come as a surprise, but many agree with me. In 2019, print made $22.6 billion and e-books $2.04 billion. It should come as no surprise that more people have reached for a book over the last year than before since so many people have been deprived of any stimulus from outside of their homes.
Alas over recent years, I have, to some degree, allowed my reading to fall on the altar of my smartphone–replacing precious reading time with social media. If you’re like me you may appreciate this infographic which offers suggestions for some of the best reads of this century including recommendations from every genre. Broaden your horizons and try reading something from every genre. Even if it’s fiction, it is no waste of time.
When we lose ourselves in a book, we forget about our daily problems. Fiction can help us to learn empathy for others, understand their motivation, and see things from a different perspective. When you read you can improve your language skills and broaden your vocabulary. Reading is also believed to slow down the cognitive decline that comes with old age.
We learn so much when we read, expanding our general knowledge and developing opinions about the world at large. People who read extensively are generally interesting to talk to, as they have a broader world view.
Reading helps to reduce stress and it’s wonderful to end the day when your favorite novel falls from your hands, signaling a great night’s sleep ahead.