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Reading — Why it Matters

Hi Everyone! Today I am thrilled to have Jo Michaels on my blog. Jo is an author, editor, and one of the official utopYA 2015 Bloggers. She’s awesome. Today she’s here on my blog to talk about something very important, reading. So without further ado, take it away Jo!


Reading – Why it Matters

By Jo Michaels

I’d like to start off by thanking Maria for letting me take over her blog for a day! *waves and smiles* You’re awesome, lady! Today, I’d like to talk with you all about reading and what you might not know you can get out of a work of fiction. Usually, I’d say grab those pens and notebooks and let’s get going, but today, I’d like for you to grab a book from your TBR and be prepared to dive in at the end of this post. Let’s go!

Have you ever lost yourself in a book? Become so enraptured and entangled with the characters on the page that you hurt when they hurt and fear for them when the situation is dangerous?

Well, you’re among the many people of the world who can call themselves readers.

Why does reading matter?

Here’s the short list:

  • E X P A N D I N G your vocabulary – Every time you read a book, you’re building your vocabulary.
  • Improving your people skills – Yes, really. You’re reading dialogue, figuring out how folks respond in certain situations, and seeing things from another POV. Also related to…
  • Increasing your empathy – Readers are more empathetic than non-readers. I firmly believe it’s because we’ve walked in so many pairs of shoes not belonging to us via the page.
  • Fueling your imagination – Uh, cotton candy clouds? Unicorns? Vampires? Knights in shining armor? Yeah, all that.
  • Boosting your intelligence – People who read fiction still learn facts. You become “well-traveled” by reading. This makes you more interesting to talk to, as well!
  • Escaping your stress – Sometimes, you just need a cheap vacation to reset your brain. Reading releases serotonin (the hormone that makes you happy)!

I see young people wanting nothing to do with books, and that alone is disheartening. How will they learn to consider many different outcomes in one situation unless they read about them? Yeah, they could live each one, but that in and of itself would take a lifetime.

So, read with your kids, encourage a lifetime of learning, and give them all the benefits listed above (plus some).

I’m off to read a book.

Thanks for stopping by! I do hope you share this with everyone who says reading is a waste of time.

Why do you read?

Well, that’s all for today, folks! Until next time READ ON!



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