Hi, all, it’s Sher here with a plug for reading. Doesn’t matter if it’s for fun, reading always teaches you something. My mom read to me when I was little, and that’s how I learned. That’s also how I learned to love reading. Of course, I did the same for my sons. Most are now SF/Fantasy fans like me. Even if they often choose gaming over reading books, there’s plenty of reading within the games. Reading is more than a single purpose venture — it’s a way to expand your intellect throughout life.
Bonus: reading helps you cope with all kinds of stress and aggravation. Had an arguement? Reading will cool you down. When you have some free time that otherwise might annoy you, reading is a great way to keep you calm — standing in the checkout line or waiting in the doctor or dentist’s office for example. If I don’t have my Kindle, I use the app on my phone so I don’t have to choose from the magazines available. I have more books in the cloud than I will ever read, but I keep downloading more and promise myself that I’ll read them. Sometimes I do.
Susan Kaye Quinn is one of my favorite YA fantasy and SF authors who writes short stories to go with the novels in her collections. Open Minds (Mindjack Saga Book 1) hooked me for good, and it’s free on Amazon as of this writing.
If you look at my featured image, you’ll see Open Minds as part of a collection with 10 other YA SF authors: Future Tense: Eleven First-In-Series Young Adult SciFi Novels. The entire collection is free right now. Yes, I downloaded it! Couldn’t resist. Some of Susan’s other series’ openers are also often free on Amazon as well.
Who is your favorite author? Is he or she the one you read when you need to chill? Do you read his or her books because you get excited or tense (but not about your own situation)? Some call reading fiction escapism. Why? I call it coping by having fun. Besides, I always learn something new, and then I’m ready to face the aggravations of daily life.
Keep calm and carry on by reading! One final bonus: you can read while walking or exercising and get fit while you’re at it. Caveat:keep an eye on your surroundings so you don’t end up dead (like that guy who fell off the cliff while distracted by his device).