Bookaholic Benefits

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
Cicero

Passionate advocates of books and reading aren’t just committed, they’re also creative. “The Gentle Diva,” a sprightly blog by seasoned agent Molly Friedrich of The Friedrich Agency, featured a hilarious post about her adventures schlepping cartons of books out to Queens as a volunteer for “World Book Night” — now that’s dedication! But the post that really caught my eye featured a poster emblazoned with these words: “Turn It Off/Read A Book” and offered this creative take on the benefits of being a bookaholic:

“Besides, book-reading is actually good for your health, did you know this? Cool, no? According to Maryanne Wolf, the author of PROUST AND THE SQUID: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain, any book-reading, the immersive experience of it, causes an immediate boost in mental acuity. It’s a regular memory and focus work-out, with visualization skills sharpened! And get this: according to a study from the University of Buffalo, book readers tend to be more compassionate, empathetic, even! One final stat, you’ll love this one: according to the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, people who read books for pleasure are 52% less likely than ‘reluctant readers’ to develop cognitive impairment.

“So the next time Aunt Erma’s birthday comes around, ease up on the cashmere scarf, buy her a book instead. Try, hard, to avoid the ease and convenience of Amazon; go on, find an Indie and buy a book, especially if you’re already in this wonderful industry called publishing!”

Books: what a gift! Reading isn’t just soul-satisfying and heart-opening, it also makes us mentally sharper and more compassionate: We learn not just about other lives, but about how to live our own in a kinder, gentler way. Wherever we are in our writing life, let’s remember the power in our fingertips. Bravo, Gentle Diva — write on!

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About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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One Response to Bookaholic Benefits

  1. Harriet Halpern says:

    The Cashmere Scarf lobby is going to take offense at your b’day gift suggestion for Aunt Erma!

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