“The world opened to me when I learned to read.” ~  Mary McLeod Bethune

Favorite Books (Some)
Small Stack of My Favorite Books (Some of Them)

According a January 2018 survey administered by the Pew Research Center, about a quarter of American adults (24%) say they haven’t read a book in whole or in part in the past year, whether in print, electronic or audio form.  The write-up detailing the survey results go on to discuss non-readers by different demographics, with those on the lower end of the socioeconomic scale reading the least.  Interestingly, those with lower educational attainment tend not to own smartphones which has lowers the likelihood of their reading e-books via cell phones. Conversely, reading has greatly broadening how I view, process and navigate the world.

Reading books of different genres have helped me become better with making inferences.  My self efficacy and sense of agency have been enhanced.  Sharing takeaways from the books I have read act as conversation starters when engaging new people. Topics therein enrich existing relationships I have with fellow bibliophiles.  Books work magic in expanding the realm of what you think you know for sure. Also, they make for great gifts.

Books provide a source of equanimity when the world’s most frustrating situations wear me down, offering others’ perspectives and insights necessary to overcoming trying circumstances. They provide a getaway to celebrate the great things the human race has accomplished, whether said achievements relate to the physical world or the intellectual and spiritual ones. Hardcovers and paperbacks alike – I never jumped on the e-book, Kindle, Nook, iBooks’ bandwagon – educate me about the evils of the world, providing me context in how I can do my part in ensuring good prevails. Books by far played the most significant role in expanding my my vocabulary.