I know that it's the beginning of winter break for many of you college students out there, and the last thing you really want to do (besides swim naked with sharks) is spend more time reading over the winter break. Haven't you done enough this term? You're longing for hazelnut coffee, a cozy sweater, and maybe a couple dozen movies to unload the stress of the semester from your brain.
Good news, kids. You can get rid of college semester stress and keep your mind razor sharp this break just by reading. According to Maryanne Wolf, director of the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University, "We are forced to construct, to produce narrative, to imagine [when we read]. Typically, when you read, you have more time to think." Our brain, according to neuroscience, keeps working even when we're doing something enjoyable like reading a novel, a magazine article, or even a comic book.
Don't know what to choose? Here's a list of good books to read during the Winter, according to Erin Collazo Miller, the About.com guide to Bestsellers, and good books to choose as Christmas gifts, in case you want to double up your fun by reading a novel and passing it along.
So go ahead and shrug into that sweater, grab a cup of coffee, and settle in for a good, long read. Your brain, and your grades next term, will thank you.