12 Reasons Why You Should Read More Books

12 Reasons Why You Should Read More Books

The benefits of reading are endless! Here are 12 reasons why you should take advantage of the power of literature.
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Reading is not only an enjoyable leisure activity but a great way to expand your mind. With reading comes many benefits of which everyone should take advantage. From internal relaxation to the development of imagination, the words in books hold many meanings that bring us peace.

1. Relieves the suffering of the mind

Reading allows your mind to relax, helping you to find peace within yourself. Immersing yourself in a book is a great way to temporarily escape the troubles life throws at you.

2. Improves focus

Reading from left to right the words aligned on a page allow you to focus completely. Memorization is also improved in the act of reading. You are able to recall events more efficiently, even sometimes remembering how the words looked on the page.

3. Develops the imagination

Books allow us to enter worlds we have never physically been to before. Literature ravels your mind in a world of imagination.

4. Reading is interpretive

The beauty of books is that they are open for interpretation. Every individual processes words and visualizes written content differently, making no interpretation of a book the exact same.

5. Improves your vocabulary

When you open a new book, you open a new set of words including some you have never seen before. Our minds become dictionaries as we read books and discover a new language.

6. Literature has universal appeal

Literature does not only exist in your specific location; literature is universal. People from all over the world indulge in the art of reading, making the art form a topic for conversation as well.

7. Improves analytical skills

Figuring out how the story was going to end before finishing the book means you utilized your analytical skills. Reading allows your thinking skills to become more developed in the sense that you consider all aspects.

8. Literature forms friendships

The neat thing about books is that anyone can be involved in the entertainment, providing a chance to form new friendships. Social gatherings, like book clubs, express their appreciation for novels while expressing their appreciation for the people around.

9. Reading makes you a better writer

When you read a new style of writing, you become more able to develop your own style of constructing words. You realize the styles and structures that you do and do not enjoy while strengthening your writing capabilities.

10. Literature is a playground

Reading lets your mind run around in its youth and curiously wander around the words that cover a slip of paper. Each book is a different playground in a different setting with a different feeling.

11. Books are a form of art

Like the art form of painting can convey a deeper meaning, reading can do the same thing. Books are disembodied voices that speak for history. The best part is that the words are forever printed on paper for our eyes to gaze upon.

12. Reading is important!!!!

Reading is history! Through literature, you are able to live in a different time. The immersive nature of a book captures a reader in its words and setting. Books are evidence of different times that held the same principles. To read is to be a part of history itself.

Reading is all around us. It is a timeless art form that provides humans with many benefits. Take a break from the world around you by picking up a book. Read more, so you can know more.

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A Playlist From The iPod Of A Middle Schooler In 2007

I will always love you, Akon.
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Something happened today that I never thought in a million years would happen. I opened up a drawer at my parents' house and I found my pink, 4th generation iPod Nano. I had not seen this thing since I graduated from the 8th grade, and the headphones have not left my ears since I pulled it out of that drawer. It's funny to me how music can take you back. You listen to a song and suddenly you're wearing a pair of gauchos, sitting on the bleachers in a gym somewhere, avoiding boys at all cost at your seventh grade dance. So if you were around in 2007 and feel like reminiscing, here is a playlist straight from the iPod of a middle schooler in 2007.

1. "Bad Day" — Daniel Powter

2. "Hips Don't Lie" — Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean

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3. "Unwritten" — Natasha Bedingfield

4. "Run It!" — Chris Brown

5. "Girlfriend" — Avril Lavigne

6. "Move Along" — All-American Rejects

7. "Fergalicious" — Fergie

8. "Every Time We Touch" — Cascada

9. "Ms. New Booty" — Bubba Sparxxx

10. "Chain Hang Low" — Jibbs

11. "Smack That" — Akon ft. Eminem

12. "Waiting on the World to Change" — John Mayer

13. "Stupid Girls" — Pink

14. "Irreplaceable" — Beyonce

15. "Umbrella" — Rihanna ft. Jay-Z

16. "Don't Matter" — Akon

17. "Party Like A Rockstar" — Shop Boyz

18. "This Is Why I'm Hot" — Mims

19. "Beautiful Girls" — Sean Kingston

20. "Bartender" — T-Pain

21. "Pop, Lock and Drop It" — Huey

22. "Wait For You" — Elliot Yamin

23. "Lips Of An Angel" — Hinder

24. "Face Down" — Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

25. "Chasing Cars" — Snow Patrol

26. "No One" — Alicia Keys

27. "Cyclone" — Baby Bash ft. T-Pain

28. "Crank That" — Soulja Boy

29. "Kiss Kiss" — Chris Brown

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30. "Lip Gloss" — Lil' Mama

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My AP Environmental Science Class' Cookie Mining Experiment Shows Why Capitalism Is Destroying The Planet

Who cares about the environment with profits this high?

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With the AP exams in May approaching quickly, my AP Environmental Science class has wasted no time in jumping right into labs. To demonstrate the damage to the environment done by strip mining, we were instructed to remove the chocolate chips from cookies.

The experiment in itself was rather simple. We profited from fully or partially extracted chips ($8 for a full piece and $4 for a partial) and lost from buying tools, using time and area and incurring fines.

This might seem simplistic, but it showcased the nature of disastrous fossil fuel companies.

We were fined a $1 per minute we spent mining. It cost $4 per tool we bought (either tweezers or paper clips) and 50 cents for every square centimeter of cookie we mined.

Despite the seemingly overbearing charges compared to the sole way to profit, it was actually really easy to profit.

If we found even a partial chocolate chip per minute, that's $3 profit or utilization elsewhere. Tools were an investment that could be made up each with a partial chip, and clearly we were able to find much, much more than just one partial chip per tool.

Perhaps the most disproportionally easiest thing to get around were the fines. We were liable to be fined for habitat destruction, dangerous mining conditions with faulty tools, clutter, mess and noise level. No one in the class got fined for noise level nor faulty tools, but we got hit with habitat destruction and clutter, both of which added up to a mere $6.

We managed to avoid higher fines by deceiving our teacher by pushing together the broken cookie landscapes and swiping away the majority of our mess before being examined for fining purposes. This was amidst all of our cookies being broken into at least three portions.

After finding many, many chips, despite the costs of mining, we profited over $100. We earned a Franklin for destroying our sugary environment.

We weren't even the worst group.

It was kind of funny the situations other groups simulated to their cookies. We were meant to represent strip mining, but one group decided to represent mountaintop removal. Mountaintop removal is where companies go to extract resources from the tops of mountains via explosions to literally blow the tops off. This group did this by literally pulverizing their cookies to bits and pieces with their fists.

They incurred the maximum fine of $45. They didn't profit $100, however.

They profited over $500 dollars.

In the context of our environmental science class, these situations were anywhere from funny to satisfying. In the context of the real world, however, the consequences are devastating our environment.

Without even mentioning the current trajectory we're on approaching a near irreversible global temperature increase even if we took drastic measures this moment, mining and fracking is literally destroying ecosystems.



We think of earthquakes as creating mass amounts of sudden movement and unholy deep trenches as they fracture our crust. With dangerous mining habits, we do this ourselves.

Bigger companies not even related to mining end up destroying the planet and even hundreds of thousands of lives. ExxonMobil, BP? Still thriving in business after serial oil spills over the course of their operation. Purdue Pharma, the company who has misled the medical community for decades about the effects of OxyContin and its potential for abuse, is still running and ruining multitudes more lives every single day.

Did these companies receive fines? Yes.

But their business model is too profitable to make the fines have just about any effect upon their operation.

In our cookie mining simulation, we found that completely obliterating the landscape was much more profitable than being careful and walking on eggshells around the laws. Large, too-big-to-fail companies have held the future of our planet in their greedy paws and have likewise pulverized our environment, soon enough to be unable to return from.

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