“One of the joys of a really good book is that you're so into the world of the book, you forget what you're looking at is words on a page.”
The good folks at Pew Research Center asked people why they read. Of the respondents who had read a book within the past year, 26% said what they enjoyed most was learning, gaining knowledge, and discovering information, and 15% cited the pleasure they received from escaping reality, becoming immersed in another world, and using their imaginations.
An additional 12% said they liked the entertainment value of reading, the drama of good stories, and the suspense of watching a good plot unfold, and the same ratio enjoyed relaxing while reading and having quiet time.
Older people read more than younger people. People aged 75 and older read almost an hour per day, and those ages 65 to 74 average more than a half hour of reading on weekdays. Contrast that to the typical American, who spends only 19 minutes per day reading.
10 New Reads to Consider
Whatever your reason for reading, if you’re looking for some thought-provoking new books, try these:
1. The Road to Character is New York Times columnist David Brooks’ description of the turning points in the lives of luminaries as varied as Dwight Eisenhower and St. Augustine. The book is divided into stand-alone chapters so it’s a good bathroom book.
2. The Sun & the Moon & the Rolling Stones, by Rich Cohen, lets Baby Boomers see this iconic band near the end of their careers through the viewpoint of a GenXer journalist. For Boomers, the Stones have always been there but not from outsider Cohen’s perspective.
3. Invisible, by Lorena McCourtney, is the first in a series of detective stories featuring senior sleuth Ivy Malone. Everyone attempts to protect the quirky detective, but she persists in her attempts to investigate a mysterious disappearance.
4. Prime of Life, by P.D. Bekendam, records the musings of cardiothoracic surgeon-turned-retirement community janitor Ben as he attempts to escape to a stress-free life.
5. The Invisible Library, by Genevieve Cogman, transports fantasy fans to The Library, an organization that traverses space and time to collect unique books from alternate realities. Vampires, werewolves, and fairies battle time travelers to set the world—in all its alternate realities—right.
6. My Own Words gives Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s opinion on a variety of topics.
7. Speaking American: How Y'all, Youse, and You Guys Talk: A Visual Guide is Josh Katz’s humorous guide to the varied colloquialisms throughout this nation. Do you say hoagie or submarine? Do you press one or mash one? Katz explains why we talk like we do. Another great bathroom book.
8. Hidden Figures, by Margot Lee Shetterly, is the book behind the movie. It’s the true story of the black female math whizzes who worked at Virginia’s Langley Aeronautical Laboratory during World War II and later at NASA.
9. A Life Well Played, by Arnold Palmer, tells the golf legend’s stories in his own words. If you are a golfer or Palmer fan, this book is for you.
10. News of the World, by Paulette Jiles, is a National Book Award finalist that depicts the epic friendship of Capt. Jefferson Kidd and a 10-year-old Kiowa captive he returns.
Reading helps people stay mentally active and may increase quality of life.
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