Now that I am older, I don't have as much time to read. I find myself listening to podcasts and playing reruns of Criminal Minds in the background while I work from home. Reading sometimes feels like a chore rather than something I use to destress. And I think that's how a lot of folks feel just thinking about opening a book.
But you don't have to read boring stuff novel from the 19th century. (You're not in AP Lang.) You can read about people that look like you and live the life you do and the benefits are the same:
- Reading will spice up your vocabulary: 69% Of employers are looking for “soft“ skills like effective communication;
- Reading strengthens your brain: A study done in 2013 Published in the NCBI suggests that reading stories strengthens your language processing regions;
- Research also shows that reading makes you more empathetic by placing yourself in the shoes of the characters.
I recently read Queenie by Candace Carty-Williams, and it was phenomenal from cover to cover. It's the first book to make me laugh in a while. It wasn't some daunting task, but time I took each day to unwind and do something solely for myself.
Discover the benefits of reading for yourself and browse Jubilee's selection of books.