Did you know that today is National Read a Book Day? I happened to catch a segment on the morning news about it and that print books still outsell books downloaded to digital devices.
The key to reading for me has always been having a book worth reading. When you have “that special book,” time stands still and the cares of the world often seem further away.
I spent my Labor Day reading Atul Gawande’s marvelous book, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. This was the book everyone was talking about in the senior/aging in place world I inhabited back in 2014. Thanks to Miss Mary (who had the book because of her book club), I started flipping through Gawande’s bestseller and before I knew it, I found the book nearly impossible to put down.
Some benefits of reading:
- Reading stimulates the mind.
- Reading reduces stress.
- Reading enhances and expands your vocabulary.
- Your memory is improved by reading.
- You’ll be a better writer if you’re a reader.
Yes, there are obvious perks to being a reader.
My own reading volume has been diminished over the summer. However, I just cranked out three books over the past three weeks, all of them outstanding reads. Once again, a point I’ve made before numerous times to promote reading, has been brought home to me—finding the right book is half the battle in reading.