Words by Valerie Bogerd // Photography by Lee Ann Wiemers
Reading has always been one of my favorite things to do and still is! When I was little my mom and dad used to read me bedtime stories and when I grew older I started to read myself.
Reading is something you can do all day, every day. Whenever you’ve got time you can just grab a book, relax, and allow yourself into a world that seems much brighter than ours. Let your mind wander and take in every single word that you read.
10 Benefits of Reading
- Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. It’s very important to keep your brain strong and healthy and reading prevents it from losing power.
- Life can be very stressful sometimes. Reading allows you to relax. All the stress will slip away when you lose yourself in a great story.
- Knowledge. 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.
- Reading expands your vocabulary. The more you read, the more words make their way into your everyday vocabulary. When learning a new language reading is a very good way to learn new words and shows you how to use the words in a context.
- Whilst reading a book you have to remember a lot of things; characters, history, and nuances for example. Brains are able to remember those things with ease, but the great thing is that 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.
- Reading creates stronger analytic thinking skills. Solving the mystery before you finish the book is a good example. Being able to analyse details comes in handy when working or learning.
- When reading you must be focused and concentrated in order to understand the story. Reading is a good way to force yourself to concentrate on what you are reading which could be helpful when studying.
- Better writing skills. This comes hand-in-hand with the expansion of your vocabulary: exposure to published, well-written work has a noted effect on one’s own writing, as observing the cadence, fluidity, and writing styles of other authors will invariably influence your own work
- Tranquility. In addition to the relaxation that accompanies reading a good book, it’s possible that the subject you read about can bring about immense inner peace and tranquility.
- Books are free entertainment. Go to your local library and pick your favorite kind of book. There’s a genre for everybody and there’s something out there to capture your curiosity and imagination.
Here are some titles that are one my book bucket list:
The Catcher In The Rye – J. D. Salinger
“That’s the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty, even if they’re not much to look at, or even if they’re sort of stupid, you fall in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are. Girls. Jesus Christ. They can drive you crazy. They really can.”
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
“She said, ‘I’m so afraid.’ And I said, ‘why?,’ and she said, ‘Because I’m so profoundly happy, Dr. Rasul. Happiness like this is frightening.’ I asked her why and she said, ‘They only let you be this happy if they’re preparing to take something from you.”
Eleanor And Park – Rainbow Rowel
“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”
Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher
“You don’t know what goes on in anyone’s life but your own. And when you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re not messing with just that part. Unfortunately, you can’t be that precise and selective. When you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re messing with their entire life. Everything… affects everything.”
Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
“I loved you. I was a pentapod monster, but I loved you. I was despicable and brutal, and turpid, and everything, mais je t’aimais, je t’aimais! And there were times when I knew how you felt, and it was hell to know it, my little one. Lolita girl, brave Dolly Schiller.”
The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler
“She lowered her lashes until they almost cuddled her cheeks and slowly raised them again, like a theater curtain. I was to get to know that trick. That was supposed to make me roll over on my back with all four paws in the air.”
Lots of love!