4 Reasons to Start Reading Again

Why reading is a form of self-care

With books suggestions to go with each

Fact: Because of the false belief that busier is better, today’s work culture strongly insists upon prioritizing depleting workloads and sleepless one-nighters over healthier routines such as getting eight hours of sleep each night and taking care of your body. At the same time, while technology triumphs, socialization and self-care digress. By kicking back with a book, you can regain self-awareness, inner-calm and the need to read.

Books are a topic of conversation

book suggestion one

The Edible Woman

by Margaret Atwood

The Edible Woman, by esteemed author and women’s rights activist Margaret Atwood, contains a substantial amount of material to be discussed with fellow peers. The book follows a young woman named Marian who, while navigating numerous romantic relationships, unveils the truth behind her once-organized lifestyle. In particular, this book can become even more enjoyable when read with a group. Because of The Edible Woman’s symbolic content and eloquent writing, multiple perspectives on it are welcome, so feel free to grab a friend and start a conversation. First published in 1969, The Edible Woman is a must-read for self-discovering feminists and avid readers.

Reading Fiction Increases Brain Activity and Connectivity

book suggestion two

What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours

by Helen Oyeyemi

Before reading Helen Oyeyemi’s What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, you must know: this book is wild. With a running theme of hidden keys and total fantasy, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours takes the reader on a literary rollercoaster of imagination and creativity. By suspending disbelief, one can easily delve into the utter fascination of Oyeyemi’s many worlds. From an orphan with a special key-necklace to magical puppets with a mind of their own, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours will bring each reader back to a childhood state of awe and wonder.

Reading Reduces Stress

book suggestion three

Pillow Thoughts

by Courtney Peppernell

At the end of an exhausting day, do you ever find yourself wanting to read without having to strain your brain too much in order to understand literary concepts? Well, Courtney Peppernell’s Pillow Thoughts is the way to go. Peppernell changes the game of books by gifting her readers with a collection of poems geared specifically for you. With different chapters titled, “If you are lonely,” “If you are soul-searching” and “If you are dreaming of someone,” Pillow Thoughts is the book to read when you’re looking to relax.

Books Encourage the Development of Self and Mind

book suggestion four

The World’s Wife

by Carol Ann Duffy

From the renowned Carol Ann Duffy, a Scottish-born poet and the first LGBTQ+ woman appointed Britain's Poet Laureate in 2009, comes a collection of poems from the perspective of several fictional women and herself. Beginning with “Little Red-Cap,” in which Duffy intertwines the fable Little Red Riding Hood with her own experience of sexual abuse, Duffy explores themes of sexuality, fear and female solitude amongst a male-driven world. With the tendency to reject all things expected of women, such as chastity and docility, Duffy teaches her readers about what it truly means to be a woman in an oppressive society and expresses the importance of speaking out against it.

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