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Why Read About Reading?

Because it’s good for your health.

That’s the key message in Read ‘Em & Reap: 6 Science-Backed Ways Reading Puts You on the Road to Achieving More and Living Longer by Tom Collins. [Disclaimer: I was fortunate to review an early draft of the book.]

Collins draws on research from neurology, psychology, cognition, education, and other fields of science to affirm reading’s benefits that positively impact both physical and mental health. Chapter titles include:

    • Reading Reduces Stress
    • Helps You Sleep
    • Improves Your Decision-Making Capacity
    • Makes You a Better Leader

A quick and enjoyable read, this powerful little book offers insight on “deep reading” to find answers and/or explore problems to generate meaning. Its readers will also find an interesting discussion in the print vs. digital debate.

Why I recommend Read ‘Em & Reap

If you’re a hesitant reader, you’ll get the encouragement you need to read more with help on how to develop a proactive reading plan.

If you’re an avid reader, you’ll appreciate the book’s “tips on adding more reading to your life.”

I enjoyed this book because it affirms the benefits of reading on so many levels. I read nonfiction for work to learn more, and I read fiction for pleasure to escape. Now I’m encouraged to go beyond reading just for work and play. Read ‘Em & Reap was the jump-start I needed to expand my reading even more.


4 replies on “Why Read About Reading?”

Thanks, Yvonne, especially for your insight on how we treat reading fiction and nonfiction differently. It underscores why reading both are important.

My big take away was the proof Tom shares on the importance (a) of reading to children, and (b) of reading fiction. Fiction and non-fiction are different in ways we don’t talk about; not because either one is good, bad, or better than the other, but because we treat them as if they are different activities… instead of understanding that both inform our understanding of the world we live in.
This book is great for teachers. And other educators. And for entrepreneurs who shrug and say, “I don’t read.” As if reading is unnecessary!
Great post, Sybil.

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