Time-travelling to the future or the past, entering mythological kingdoms, and being at the centre of history. These events seem inconceivable for any person to take part in. However, we can all be transported to any land or time period by reading. Reading books stretches our imagination, and implores our mind to consider the impossible. Non-fiction books can challenge our perspective, and help us learn about anything from investing money to the history of the slave trade.
However, the value of reading reaches beyond education and creativity. Reading is proven to be helpful for brain power and memory health. In fact, studies have shown that reading can decrease the risk of dementia, and improve memory. For example, scientists at Hong Kong’s Elderly Health centres investigated the influence of reading on dementia by observing 15,000 people over the age of 65. The patients were observed for five years, and had no signs of dementia when entering the study. At the end of the study, it was found that those who read or played board games had a significantly lower risk of dementia compared to those who did not read. So, for those who are wondering how to improve memory power, reading may be the answer. To help you improve your brain power, and decrease your risk of dementia, we have compiled a list of books to help you start reading.
The Beekeeper of Aleppo- Christy Lefteri
Although a fictional work, this novel will bring to life the pain and tragedy in Syria, which are suffered by many in real life.
Becoming- Michelle Obama
Of Course everyone has heard of Michelle Obama, the former first lady of the United States. This non-fiction allows the reader to understand the popularity of Michelle Obama around the world by showing you the life experiences and thought processes of the first lady.
The Choice- Dr Edith Eva Eger
We will admit, we totally stole this recommendation from Bill Gates. Taking more of a psychological stance, the novel offers the reader methods to deal with trauma from a WW2 survivor.
The Goddess of Kitchen Avenue- Barbara O’Neal
By following the protagonist, Trudy, the novel showcases the characters' journey through sadness when her husband has an affair, and explores the possibility of new love.
A Man Called Ove- Frederick Backman
This novel looks at the beautiful relationship between two generations by looking at the interactions between an elderly man who lives alone, and a new young family.