essay: reading reflections

reading about reading has helped me to avoid becoming a passive or complacent reader; it has encouraged me to continue to push myself to be a better reader, one that absorbs as much information and meaning from books as possible. below are a few of my favorite articles on the topic:

What Does Immersing yourself in a Book do to your Brain? by Maryanne Wolf

“Perspective-taking not only connects our sense of empathy with what we have just read but also expands our internalized knowledge of the world. These are the learned capacities that help us become more human over time, whether as a child when reading Frog and Toad and learning what Toad does when Frog is sick or as an adult when reading Toni Morrison’s Beloved, Colson Whitehead’s Underground Railroad, or James Baldwin’s I Am Not Your Negro, and experiencing the soul-stealing depravity of slavery and the desperation of those condemned to it or to its legacy.”

Can Reading Make You Happier? by Caridwen Dovey

“For all avid readers who have been self-medicating with great books their entire lives, it comes as no surprise that reading books can be good for your mental health and your relationships with others, but exactly why and how is now becoming clearer, thanks to new research on reading’s effects on the brain.”

Reading a Book is a Conversation Between You and the Author by Shane Parrish

“If you bought the book it’s yours. Fold pages. Write in books. Rip pages out. The book is yours and the only real objective is transferring the knowledge from the author to you.”

which articles do you recommend about reading?