It's a proven medical fact that reading books increases blood flow to the brain, but a good book does more than that. Reading expands your vocabulary, improves communication and analytical skills, and helps boost your memory.
Books are also a unique storytelling tool. A good book paints scenery descriptively and creates characters that you become emotionally attached to, for better or worse. To put it bluntly, good books contain good stories. And this makes books important. Phillip Pullman once said, "After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world."
If you want to improve the above mentioned categories, such as communication and vocabulary, all while taking in a good story, check out this list of some of my favorite books of all time!
Matt's Suggested Reading:
- The Pastures of Heaven - John Steinbeck
- The Lord of the Rings Trilogy - J.R.R. Tolkien
- To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
- Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage - Alfred Lansing
- The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
- Manhunt: The 12 Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer - James L. Swanson
- The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Life of Pi - Yann Martel
- Farenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
- Into Thin Air - Jon Krakauer
- The Good Earth - Pearl S. Buck
- The Republic - Plato
- The Complete Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle
- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
- Uncle Tom's Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe
- The Shining - Stephen King
- Animal Farm - George Orwell
- The Glass Castle: A Memoir - Jeannette Walls
- The Road - Cormac McCarthy
- The Best American Sports Writing 2013 - Glenn Stout
Would you add or take away any of the reads on this list? Post your ideas in the comments below!
By Matt Scofield