College students utter the phrase, “I don’t read,” far too frequently. Reading for pleasure is good for us, in more ways then one. Use your free time this December to discover (or rediscover) the benefits of reading, and gather some small-talk fuel!
You may have devoured stacks of books from the library as a child, but now find yourself drifting away from bookshelves as you’ve gotten older. In our current existence, school work, social lives, and Netflix take priority over the written word too often. When you think of your most recent reading materials, perhaps the only thing that comes to mind are the Harry Potter books, or the Spark Notes of the literature assigned to you in school. (If you’re currently an avid reader, skip to the end of this post, and check out the book recommendations lists.)
Regardless of where you fall on the spectrum, you’re about to embark on a three-week-long break from school and responsibility. Put down your phone, and pick up a book.
About a year ago, Business Insider posted an article originally from an Australian company, The Expert Editor.Reading has proven health and personal benefits: improvement of memory and empathy, reduction of stress, and decreased likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s. Developing a reading may even yield a commonality with someone you meet during recruiting or your internship!
So, what should you read? I’ve got some personal favorites, so shoot me an email if you’d like my unprofessional recommendations (firstname.lastname@example.org), but otherwise, check out the resources below.
- Looking for some professional or personal development? Forbes Contributor Caroline Beaton has “5 Books Every Ambitious Millennial Should Read.”
- The New York Times recently released their “10 Best Books of 2017,” split equally between fiction and non-fiction (biography, memoir, science).
- If none of that sounds like fun to you, check out the website Goodreads. Creating an account is free. The site houses lists upon lists of book recommendations by genre, and if you select books you enjoyed, Goodreads will help you discover similar titles.