5 Benefits of Reading Books

5 Reasons To Read More

Last year, I wrote an article on how to read more books. Which now has become one of my top read posts. So this year, I am providing 5 reasons why you should be reading books - more often and hopefully once a day.

Most people often set resolutions to do things more - cook healthy meals at home, exercise more, budget and spend less, etc. Often, these resolutions are forgotten by the end of January. I think one of the top ways to keep a resolution is to have a why. We need to know why we are setting that resolution. Having a why and reason behind our resolution will keep us from failing.

Therefore, if you have a resolution to read more this year, here are 5 reasons why reading is beneficial!:

It’s Good For The Brain

Alzheimer’s and Dementia are on the rise- more so than ever.

Reading is good for the brain. Reading daily has shown that the risk of getting Alzheimer’s and Dementia lowers. Reading engages your brain and keeps it active - thus lowering the risk of getting those diseases. We need to keep our brains healthy and strong!

Also reading more enables stronger analytical thinking skills. Whenever I read a murder mystery novel sometimes I can guess who did it before it even was revealed. This was due to reading consistently because I was able to put critical and analytical thinking to my reading. Having better analytical thinking skills will help in other areas of your life - such as work, driving, shopping, etc.

Bibliotherapy

Did you know that it only takes six minutes of reading to ease muscle tension and lower heart rate? Yep- according to the University of Sussex. I definitely can attest to feeling better after reading in the evening. I feel more relaxed, rejuvenated, and less stressed out. I can also say it helps me sleep better and fall asleep faster.

What’s even more awesome is that researchers have now shown that reading just 30 minutes daily can add two years to your life! (University of Michigan’s Health and Retirement Study).

You Learn a Thing or Two

Whenever I read historical fiction I do learn a thing or two about history. Even though it is a fictional story many of these authors do research tremendously on that historical era. It’s always interesting to learn more about the past but also we can learn from their mistakes and triumphs.

Knowledge is everything - and can never be taken away from you.

Better Writing Skills

When reading you learn how to write better. How is that? When reading, you observe grammar, fluidity, and different writing styles. When you sit down and write your brain will remember those specific details you remembered from reading. I have definitely noticed that I write better when I read consistently. I may not be the queen at grammar but I have noticed a difference.

Free Entertainment!

Well, not entirely free - unless you only go to the library. Reading a book is less expensive than going to the movies and even going to a concert. It transports you to another world all for probably less than $10, maybe even for free! I often forget that reading is a form of entertainment, but it’s the best entertainment you can get!

You can read my, How To Read More Books post —-> HERE

Why do you like reading books and in what ways have you noticed reading change your life?

Share in the comments!

the caffeinated bibliophile
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Favorite Books of Last Half of 2018

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It’s officially 2019 and I can’t believe it! Who else is excited for the new year?!

With that being said, It’s that time of the year to reveal my favorite books from the last half of the year. I have already written a post on my favorite books from the beginning of last year, HERE.

This was very hard everyone and it was difficult to narrow down to just these few!

Without further ado, here are my favorites from the last half of 2018:

Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

There is a reason why I included this book in my Christmas giveaway. I was blown away by Delia’s debut novel. Yes, this was her debut novel. I couldn’t believe that it was her debut because it felt like she had been writing for years. This book kept me thinking way beyond finishing the book. It’s a book that holds you and inspires you. I would recommend that anyone gives this book a chance!

You can read my review —-> HERE

Legacy of Mercy by Lynn Austin

I always adore Lynn’s novels. She is such a talented story teller. Legacy of Mercy was no exception. What I love about Lynn’s novels is that she really has a talent in creating a scene. You are always transported back to a time when things were different and it was a challenge to survive if you were not wealthy. And if you were wealthy you were expected to uphold certain qualities and lifestyle.

You can read my review —-> HERE

Engraved on the Heart by Tara Johnson

This is one book I was surprised to like very much. For some reason I was kind of dreading to read this book. However, after just a few pages I was immediately hooked. I think I read this book in just two days time. It was that good! I also loved that she included a woman with Epilepsy - who not only had a mind of her own but had her own reservations and challenges. It made the story more relatable.

Read my full review —-> HERE

Thief of Corinth by Tessa Afshar

This book was just plan fun. I always enjoy Tessa’s stories. She creates such a beautiful and inspiring story. Especially a story that we all can relate to on some level. I also really found it neat that Tessa wrote this story for everyone to read - not just Christians. I could definitely see this when reading the book. I think anyone - religious or not would really enjoy and learn from this fun and enlightening story.

You can read my review —> HERE

Where the Fire Falls by Karen Barnett

I have always wanted to visit Yosemite National Park. Karen brought me there just by reading this book. The mystery was intriguing and the love story sweet. I really loved Clark and Olivia’s dynamic and relationship. Though Olivia annoyed me at first, she grew on me and I liked her character by the end. That’s what I liked about Karen’s books - is that her characters were well developed - and she also made me yearn to visit Yosemite!

You can read my review —-> HERE

Shelter of the Most High by Connilyn Cossette

Connilyn knows how to write a story. Her second book in the Cities of Refuge series did not disappoint and I flew through this book over just a couple days. Her books are always richly described, characters well developed, and plot well thought out. If you love a good Biblical fiction story you need to check this one out!

You can read my review —-> HERE

Voice In the Wind by Francine Rivers

Ok I meant to put this book in the picture but as I was preparing this post I finally remembered what I was forgetting when taking pictures. I had already put down the props so it was too late to re do the picture. A face palm for sure!

This book - whew it is one of those books I think I will never forget. Francine has a way of grabbing the reader and engrossing them in a story that they will never forget. This story was richly developed, the characters were so well done that I actually felt for some of them. Even though the story was slightly violent at times, I appreciated how real and raw Francine wrote how cruel the Romans actually were. It’s also a story I could see well translated on screen.

You can read my review —-> HERE

What were your favorite books of 2018? Share in the comments!

the caffeinated bibliophile
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Christmas Giveaway: Books, Coffee, Tea & More!

Christmas giveaway The Masterpiece Where The Crawdads Sing Starbucks

This year I wanted to do a big giveaway for all of my readers! I want to express my appreciation and gratitude to those that subscribe and follow my blog. This is such a fun hobby of mine, and I can’t believe how this little blog has grown over the year. I absolutely love and enjoy reviewing Christian Fiction. Reading all your responses and comments to my reviews and recommendations just make me smile! It’s truly a pleasure inspiring you all to read more!

Giveaway - christmas The Masterpiece Francine Rivers Where The Crawdads Sing Delia Owens

In this giveaway I am giving away two of my favorite books of the year. Everyone, this was sooo hard to choose! I had so many favorites. However, these two stuck out to me the most. And those two are… The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers and Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. I couldn’t stop thinking about these books and I STILL think about these books well after reading them.

You can read my review of The Masterpiece —-> HERE

You can read my review of Where The Crawdads Sing —-> HERE

I will be having a quick Facebook live this evening (probably around 7ish PM EST) to show all the items in detail. You can find my page —-> HERE

In this giveaway you have a chance to win the following:

  • A copy of Masterpiece and Where The Crawdads Sing

  • A set of coffee/donut bookmarks

  • Starbucks Tumbler W/Coffee

  • Celestial Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride Herbal Tea

Rules:

  • Must be 18 years or older

  • Reside within the U.S. (sorry to those internationally - due to the cost of shipping).

  • Giveaway runs from 12/13 - 27th 11:59 PM EST

  • Please enter using the Gleam form below.

Thank you so much for stopping by and good luck if you entered! And please do share with your friends and family. :)

the caffeinated bibliophile

Note: This giveaway is not sponsored in any way. I am spending my own money to host this giveaway. :)

Spotlight & Excerpt: The Miss Adventure Brides Collection

miss adventure brides collection spotlight and excerpt

Miss Taken Identity blog tour

Synopsis:

Love Is One of Life’s Greatest Adventures


Seven daring damsels don’t let the norms of their eras hold them back. Along the way these women attract the attention of men who admire their bravery and determination, but will they let love grow out of the adventures?

MissTaken Identity by Kimberley Woodhouse

1883 Texas Headstrong, bubbly, accident-prone Abigail Monroe is on a quest for adventure away from society’s expectations. But her pursuits are unexpectedly thwarted when she is arrested by a handsome Texas Ranger.

 Title: MissTaken Identity
Collection: The MissAdventure Brides Collection
Author: Kimberley Woodhouse
Publisher: Barbour
Release Date: December 1, 2018 (print)
Genre: Historical Romance

EXCERPT – MissTaken Identity – Kimberley Woodhouse 

Covering her mouth so her girlish laughter wouldn’t be heard, Abigail tossed her bag over her shoulder like she’d seen the other men do and tried to walk like a man. 

It was harder than it looked. She glanced over at a man on the boardwalk by the bank. His stance was wide and his stride was long. 

She stopped and pretended to shake her leg like there was something in her boot. Deep breath. She started again. Why, oh why, hadn’t she thought of all this before the trip?

About The Author

Kimberly Woodhouse

Kimberley Woodhouse is an award-winning and bestselling author of more than fifteen fiction and nonfiction books. A popular speaker and teacher, she’s shared her theme of “Joy Through Trials” with more than half a million people across the country at more than 2,000 events. Kim and her incredible husband of twenty-five-plus years have two adult children. She’s passionate about music and Bible study and loves the gift of story.

CONNECT WITH KIM: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Giveaway Time!

misstaken identity giveaway kimberly woodhouse

Kimberley Woodhouse is giving away:

  • (1) grand prize of a Kindle Fire (US only)

  • (3) 1st prizes - a print copy of The MissAdventures Brides Collection (US only)

That's a total of FOUR winners!

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight December 4, 2018 and last through 11:59pm December 11, 2018. US only. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

PURCHASE LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | CBD | Book Depository

I hope you enjoyed the excerpt and the information all about The Miss Adventure Brides Collection! This book just sounds like the perfect book to read over a long weekend with some hot cocoa!

Good luck if you entered to win!

the caffeinated bibliophile

Note: I am part of the Justreads Tour and was given a copy of this book. However, I was not compensated in any way to promote this book.

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