Reading provides a break from stress

Books are amazing. Within a couple hundred pages you can be transported to a whole new world or time period, experiencing things you could only dream of.
Books are learning tools that can be used to sharpen the mind and further learn about events throughout history.
And even genres such as fantasy can teach us things, like moral lessons or how to deal with problems. Even the strangest of books has a lesson tucked within its pages.
But sadly many adults I am acquainted with stopped reading after high school and college. Because they no longer have to read books for assignments, they choose not to read at all.
According to an article by Erin Blakemore on, a survey conducted by Pew Research in 2015 revealed that 27 percent of adults in the United States did not read a book in 2014.
This saddens me, as I know that these adults are missing out on so much, including an escape from day-to-day life.
Because let’s face it, life can be stressful and sometimes we need a break. You get to read about someone else and their struggles, giving you that temporary escape.
In school we were only exposed to certain books we were required to read. Some people loved them but those books aren’t for everyone.
Some people claim they don’t like to read but perhaps they haven’t found a genre that suits them.
There are hundreds of genres out there ranging from fantasy to romance to non-fiction.
What type of movies, TV shows or games do you enjoy? Let that guide you.
There are people out there who have plenty of recommendations. Ask a friend with similar interests or even talk with a librarian.
A lot of times I hear people say they don’t have the time to read. I get it, we’re all busy but I think if we want to do something we can make time for it.
I make it a point to try and read at least a chapter a day, generally I read before bed. Do you know how long that takes? About 10 to 20 minutes.
That’s shorter than the TV show or movie you were planning on watching today.
I urge anyone reading this to seriously consider your interests and find a book that explores those interests.
Got some time on your hands? Maybe stop by a library or bookstore and find the perfect book or genre for you.