What’s the first thing that pops into your head when you think of reading? School? Boredom? Maybe even disgust? For some people, reading is a getaway or a favorite pastime. But for others, it can be a punishment! There are so many benefits to reading, including increased grades and a larger vocabulary. Getting into a book is the first step, and I’m here to help you do it!

First of all, don’t just pick a random book off the shelf when looking for one to read. Think of what type you could be interested in. Maybe a cheesy loveChelsea Crockett - John Green Books story or a scary mystery is up your alley! If you haven’t read John Green I suggest The Fault in Our Stars or Paper Towns. Try out a popular book like one of these, and, if you like it, check out other books that are similar!

Once you get a good book, find a quiet, cozy room and put away other distractions such as your phone or computer. I promise… Once you put down your phone, it becomes 10x easier! Also, give your book at least a couple chapters before you say it’s too boring to read. A lot of good books don’t start heating up until you’re a little farther into it. Be patient :).

Now you might be thinking that reading is just a waste of your time! But studies show that reading increases concentration, focus, and memory. It also reduces stress which is something all of us could use a little help with!

So insiders… put down your phone and pick up a book. You won’t regret it!

-Chelsea