9 Reasons Reading Is Rad

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1. You feel smart when you catch “published” spelling and grammatical errors.

2. It gets your imagination going. There’s nothing I love more than reading a book, developing the image of a character, then comparing them to the actors chosen for the movie adaptation. Of course, this only works if you grab the book before a movie deal is even whispered.

3. It increases your vocabulary. Kindles & Ipads make this especially easy because you can just tap a word and the definition appears on your screen! Use these words to converse with a friend while onlookerslisteners standby, green with envy for your smarts.

4.  It forces you to calm down. Sit, read, relax. This is hard for a lot of people but a good book can make it happen!

5. You can learn new things. Whether it’s words, names you’ve never heard of, or strange facts like a shrimp’s heart is in it’s head, they’ll all be useful for your next round of pub quiz.

6.  It improves your own writing, spelling and grammar skills. {I’ll just die if there’s an error in this post}

7. You can always find a book that suits your interest, no matter how strange. Need to learn how to control a mind like a ninja or how to build your own pet coffins? There’s normal stuff too! Fashion, health, food, biographies & memoirs (my fave), history, sci-fi, classics and so many others!

8. It’s good for conversation. Last month I was on the phone catching up with a friend and I found myself saying “I don’t know if you’ve read When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris, but in one of his essays he says something very similar…” and I totally related it to our conversation!

9. It can be free! If you can keep up with those library deadlines that is. You don’t want  Detective Bookman on your ass.

If you’re not into reading but want to be, here are some of my suggestions to get you started:

Funny:

–> Bossy Pants by Tina Fey

–> Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?  by Mindy Kaling

Intense & Suspensful:

–> I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb

–> White Oleander by Janet Finch

–> The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill

Memoirs:

–> The Marching Powder by Thomas McFadden & Rusty Young

–> The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

What I’m reading right now: Where’d You Go Bernadette <— Not down.

What I’ll read next: The Goldfinch

Leave your book suggestions in the comments! I love adding to my loooooong Amazon Wish List.

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