As long as I can remember, I have loved reading. So much, in fact, that I have actively been a book club member, a goodreads user, and a live book reading attendee. Reading is one of my passions. I can’t even put into words how giddy I am about leisurely reading over the holiday break when I normally would be working. It feels indulgent.
But the benefits of being a reader are what make the practice so great and so necessary. Regular reading develops critical thinking skills, improves empathy, reduces stress, boosts your vocabulary (take this quiz to test your vocabulary; one of the questions is, “How much do you read overall?”), and enhances creativity.
And, guess what—reading is free and convenient! You don’t even need to buy an e-reader or visit the library. If you have a smartphone, you can download books from online sources at no charge. I am a member of the DC Library and frequently download books (even new releases) from my laptop.
Happy Reading and Happy New Year!