When was the last time you read a good book or an article? If you are like the majority of people who read very seldom, then you are missing out on a lot of advantages of reading books.

importance of reading books

Over the last few years, we have become more centered on social media and short news briefs, rather than reading books and long-form articles. We all know that social media negatively impacts our living, whereas reading improves it. Despite that, we all go for the thing that affects our well-being.

If you are wondering what are reading books benefits, then this article is for you. I have outlined the top advantages of reading novels that will help you understand the importance of reading and encourage you to pick up a book.

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Top advantages of reading books and novels

Here is a list of all the reading books advantages for brain, health, and your overall lifestyle:

1. Improves your knowledge

Every book contains some valuable information. If you read a variety of books, then it can help you gain knowledge about multiple new things. You can hold conversations with other people on various topics.

benefits of reading books

If you choose to read a single theme or genre of the books, it can help you build your knowledge about that theme. For example, if you read scientific-fiction more often, you can know about modern technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR), how these technologies can be beneficial for humans. You get to imagine things which improve your imagination power.

2. Good for brain

According to a study, reading fiction can improve the theory of mind and help in preventing mental diseases like Alzheimer’s. When you read, your brain becomes active. When you browse social media or watch movies, you don’t need your brain to make additional efforts. Reading makes the brain exercise, which helps in keeping it healthy. This is a fine example of reading benefits for brain.

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3. Reduces stress

book reading reduces stress

Reading can positively impact your mind and body. As per a study by the University of Sussex, reading for just six minutes can decrease the level of stress by up to 68%. When it comes to reducing stress levels, reading is a more influential option as compared to going for a walk or listening to music.

4. Improves vocabulary

When I was in college, I saw a common thing among everyone who started reading— their main purpose was to improve vocabulary. Yes, books are one of the best sources to learn new words and use them in everyday conversations.

Every book comes with new terms and spellings. When you are exposed to these words in the form of a sentence, it becomes easier to learn them. This can eventually help you write better and choose the right words. You can’t simply ignore this advantage of reading novels, poetry, or even newspapers.

5. Better conversations

reading improves conversations

If you read fictional stories, you get to read a lot of conversations between the characters. Most of these conversations are common to our real-life. If you observe what the characters reply to a certain talk, you can learn what should be your responses in real-life incidents. You can learn how some characters keep the conversations going or why some conversations don’t get along.

6. Improves concentration power

In this internet-dominated world, your brain doesn’t really focus on a single thing. You go through hundreds of posts on Instagram within a few minutes, then you check your emails, browse Twitter, play a song, and the list goes on.

Reading is something that needs your attention to know what is going on in the story. Your surroundings fall away. It works like meditation for your brain and eventually improves your power of concentration. This is yet another example of reading benefits for brain.

7. Better writing skills

Reading and writing go hand in hand. Many famous and successful authors recommend that to become a good writer, you have to first become a reader.

Reading books can help you learn about the flow of the story, how the writers frame the structure, and how certain things are written. Hence, it can improve your writing skills.

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Which books are the best for you?

These are the main advantages of reading books. But, there are various types of books in the market, written by thousands of authors. Which one should you pick? What if the book you read proves to be a waste of time and money?

Well, I have covered all these questions for you. In the Book Reviews section, you will find honest book reviews of the novels and poetries I have read. You can check the rating, type of book, and read the review to decide if the book is worth your time or not.

If you want to discuss further, feel free to get in touch via the comments below or through the contact page.

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Virendra Soni

Virendra is a passionate reader and writer. He is currently working for two leading IT media portals. This blog is where he shares everything, whether it is a book review, technical article, author interviews, things he has learnt (and still learning). He also writes about his take on this world through unique, helpful and odd stories.


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