why EVERYONE should read

Books, Thoughtful Thursdays

Hello my lovely friends!

I know, I know, most of you are probably rolling your eyes, wondering why I’m even bothering to post this!

As some of you may know, I also write for The Odyssey Online. This is “a social discovery platform committed to democratizing content creation while personalizing discovery” This past week, I listed some scientifically proven reasons as to why everyone should read! If you guys want to check it out and share on facebook, twitter or reddit, click here. Otherwise, enjoy this quick, fun article as to how reading is beneficial in every type of way.


This summer, I created a book blog in hopes to keep myself accountable in reading and so that I could occupy myself with a project. It’s only been three months since I’ve begun, and my love for books have grown along with my TBR (to be read) list. I personally did not even know this section of the internet existed, but now that I’ve discovered it’s magic, I’m finding it difficult to pull myself away from a book, or my blog. I mean, what a great excuse to stay home all the time. Right?

In hopes to excuse my reclusive behavior for the past few months, I decided to research some benefits of reading. I mean, I get it. We’re all busy with life that it’s nearly impossible to crack open a book. Especially with technology constantly begging us to be used, reading sounds like it would be a great pastime, IF THERE WAS TIME. No matter what type of aversion you may have towards books, or excuse for not reading, here are a couple of reasons you should put everything down and read.

1.You’ll become smarter

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Yes, you did indeed read that correctly. According to a study from the University of California, Berkeley by Anne E. Cunningham,explains the Mathews effect in which reading at a young age, and reading a lot, can expand vocabulary and increase the pleasure of reading. This can also work in the opposite way, so encourage your kids or siblings to read! Reading also helps in oral conversations as it was found that those who could easily read at a young age, had greater verbal abilities at an older age. Plus, reading helps keep the mind sharper.

2. You’ll become a nicer person

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Even those hopeless causes now have a chance! Reading can make it easier for you to relate to others and therefore, make you more empathetic. Another study published by Science, by David Comer Kidd and Emanuele Castano states that literary fiction especially will allow readers to better read others emotions. Through reading, readers are able to connect with characters and connect how people think to how they act. This can help in real life when dealing with what others may be thinking or feeling.

We all know what we’re going to gifting to our siblings this year…

3. You Can Become Sherlock Holmes

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Well maybe not, but you can obtain better analytical skills. Following the plot, analyzing the characters and forming an opinion about books is a great way to boost your brain stimulation. Being able to critique a book requires brain power, and helps your analytical skills. Often, it takes a couple of days before an opinion can be solidly made about a book, and discussing books with others forces you to understand and meditate about the book.

4. You can battle Alzheimer

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Inactivity in your brain is often the cause for Alzheimer. Keeping parts of your brain engaged through various activities such as puzzles or READING can help fight against Alzheimers at an early age. One study showed that Alzheimer patients often had reduced activities during their midlife. In the study, it was concluded that there must be a diversity in the activities you take part in, along with intensity, meaning the time devoted to each activity. The study also showed that taking part in educational activities was most effective.

5. Improved focus and concentration

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When was the last time you sat down for thirty minutes straight and worked, totally immersed, on something without checking your phone? Reading helps you focus on a book for an extended time, and reading before work or school for twenty minutes straight, can help you have a more focused day.


I hoped you guys enjoyed this, something a tad different from what I normally post, but related to books in a way!

Did you know about all these benefits to reading? Will you be using this to convince others to read as well? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below πŸ™‚

28 thoughts on “why EVERYONE should read

  1. I love, love, love this! I always knew reading was good for your brain and made you smarter, but now I have proof to show people! Lol. You have no idea how many people I will be convincing to read with this post.

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  2. I love the approach you used for this post. The scientific aspect of this was pretty fascinating to read. Definitely well-written and beneficial! 😊

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  3. You know what’s even better than just being a reader? Being a book blogger! We are all super amazing people with incredibly unique and intelligent minds πŸ˜€ Reviewing books is not as easy as it may sound. Critiquing books well is definitely a skill not everyone has.
    Actually, all the reasons you listed are great and true, but they are exponentially more so for book bloggers. We are smarter, nicer, and more focused than regular readers. :p

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  4. This was a pleasant read! I never really thought about it helping with Alzheimers, which is a great fear of mine, now I know I’m doing my brain some good. This made me feel better about spending all my time reading (or well practically all my time) πŸ™‚

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    1. Alzheimers is such a terrifying and terrible disease. Knowing something as great as reading can help combat it is just amazing. And of course the perfect excuse to never stop reading! Thanks for the comment πŸ™‚

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  5. This is a great post, obviously I knew reading did have certain benefits other than just discovering new books and amazing authors but I had no clue about it helping to battle Alzheimer’s. I feel some of the others I kind of knew a little, obviously the more you read the more you know so the smarter you do become; even if it’s fantasy there are still things in those books that can help with day to say life and everything!
    Also you have a great reason for starting your blog too! For me I just wanted people I could speak to about books, none of my friends or family could keep up with my reading speeds. Obviously I’ve found loads of people through the WordPress community I can speak to now! πŸ˜€

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    1. Thanks! I enjoyed researching/writing about it! Although these do seem obvious, I figured it would be nice to point them out and elaborate, especially to remind others that they should read. (Although, isn’t enjoying a good book, a good enough reason?)
      Are you a speed reader as well? Whatever the reason, I’m glad you started blogging, and that I was able to stumble upon your blog! The wordpress community is just wonderful, and I’m glad you’ve found people that can keep up with you!

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      1. Well I definitely njoyed reading about it. I do find it interesting what reading can do for your mind and everything. Enjoying a book is more than enough for me but I love learning new things as well so that’s another reason I pick up books as much as I do.
        I can be, honestly it depends on the book and my own mood as well, I just tended to read more than my friends did so I never had anyone to talk to about the books I’d just finished.
        I’m glad I started blogging, and that you stumbled onto mine because that way I discovered yours as well! πŸ˜€

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  6. I LOVE THIS POST. I think I shall be cc’ing this to all my friends who refuse to read. XD
    I definitely agree that reading has helped me stay sharp. Now that I’m not at university anymore, I’m trying to keep my critical thinking skills by reading and writing about them. Otherwise, I don’t want to think about how I would be. ._.

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    1. Thank you so much! I enjoyed researching and writing this up πŸ™‚ Haha, that should get them reading in a jiffy! (or that’s the hope right?)
      I’m so glad to hear that! I’ll have to be just like you when I get out of school, to stay sharp πŸ™‚
      Thanks for the sweet comment πŸ™‚

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  7. EXCELLENT post! Nice list you’ve made here Grace! Point number 3 is all I need to keep me going! I mean, who doesn’t want to be Sherlock Holmes. My childhood dream. I think I’m quite close to having a similar mind. πŸ˜‰ Just kidding. It’ll take a whole lifetime to be even close to that level of ingeniousness.

    – Lashaan

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