I know, most of what I've been recommending has been a lot of TV watching...but I'm a TV junkie, so what do you expect? I just don't devour books the way I consume entire seasons of television shows in a matter of days. But when I find a good book, it's hard for me to put it down. I really enjoy books that are a series because I like to get to know my characters really well.
Reading is a fantastic way to pass the time and it's certainly better for your brain than TV watching. There is scientific research that suggests that it helps improve your memory, reduce stress, and expands your vocabulary.
Immediately after surgery, I couldn't read. I was on too many drugs to concentrate on reading...which is why I watched a lot of TV. I tried the whole audiobook thing, but it just puts me to sleep. It was only after I got off most of the heavy duty medication that I was able to read again.
I enjoy reading e-books on either my Kindle Fire or my Nook. Because of my medical condition, I have arthritis, and reading on an e-reader is just easier on my hands. And the fact that I can get stuff from the library directly on my e-reader or buy books online...the instant gratification factor is undeniable.
Do you have an e-reader? Do you prefer to read “real” books or e-books?
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