Readers Write

Reading to Reduce Stress
Readers Write

Reading to Reduce Stress

by Alexander Pavlicin

Stress: A feeling everyone feels at one point or another when a problem arises and finding a solution is difficult. Stress is a largely natural response to challenges, but managing stress poorly can lead to more problems down the road, such as a decline in physical and mental health. One way to manage stress is by reading books. Studies have shown that more than half the time, the act of reading reduces stress faster and more completely than other relaxation methods. In this month’s Readers Write, we asked, “How do books help you de-stress, and what books do you choose to read when you start to feel the pressure?”
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Favorite Quotes From Books
Readers Write

Favorite Quotes From Books

by Karen Pavlicin-Fragnito

Writers work so hard to find just the right words. Often, those words spill off the page into readers’ hands and, sometimes, into our hearts. They capture our feelings, stir our desires, push us in new directions, give us reason to pause and consider, and inspire us to keep going.

When we find words that stick, we pull them out of a great story and take them with us on our own journey. We pin quotes to inspiration boards. Or tuck scribbled pieces of paper into a planner or journal. We reread those words when we need to hear the beauty of language or see a reminder of perspective. Some words become a part of who we are or who we want to become.

Do you have a favorite line or passage from a book that has struck a chord with your heart? What language, dialogue, or perspective has inspired you? We asked our readers to share favorite book quotes for this month’s Readers Write.
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Reading Books Outside Your Comfort Zone
Readers Write

Reading Books Outside Your Comfort Zone

National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang challenges readers to “read without walls.” He says: “Read a book about a character who doesn’t look like you or live like you, about a topic you don’t know much about, or in a format you don’t normally read such as a graphic novel or a book in verse.” Gene’s challenge is a great way for readers of all ages to explore the world and expand perspective. To help you meet Gene’s challenge and find your next great book, in this month’s Readers Write we talked with Books Make a Difference book lovers about their experience reading books outside their comfort zones. […]