The Need to READ

I used to be a high school librarian. Along with shelving books and mending broken covers my favorite aspect of the job was helping students find books. Many times a student who claimed they didn’t like to read would come up to me and admit they needed help finding something to read for their English class. This started an exciting dialogue of, “Great! What kind of books do you like to read?” A typical response might have been, “I don’t know.” We then would think about any books they had read in the past and which ones stood out to them as being one they liked or disliked. We quickly found if they were a non-fiction or fiction type of reader. Then we figured out what genre they were interested in. It was like a treasure hunt for me. How can we find a book that this student will enjoy?  I couldn’t wait to find out what they thought of the book after they finished. In some cases we would find more for them to read.

So, why do we need to read? Studies have shown that reading can keep you mentally healthy, happy and of course, make you smarter. Your brain is a muscle and needs exercise. This can come in the form audiobooks or having a physical book in your hand.

I’m writing about this topic now because summer is upon us and you may have extra time. Why not go to your local library, apply for a library card and have the librarian help you find books that will interest you! The library is a big place and can be overwhelming. This is a good place to start. You can also check out audio books. Why not listen to a book while you are driving, mowing the lawn or doing chores?

Regarding education, the For Strength of Youth Pamphlet states,

“Education is an important part of Heavenly Father’s plan to help you become more like Him. He wants you to educate your mind and to develop your skills and talents, your power to act well in your responsibilities, and your capacity to appreciate life. The education you gain will be valuable to you during mortality and in the life to come.”

Reading is part of educating yourself! Don’t forget that you can listen to your scriptures and General Conference talks as well 🙂

In case you are in a stump here are my “high school librarian approved” suggestions:

~The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

~To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

~The Princess Bride by William Goldman

~Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

~The Giver by Lois Lowry

~Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

~Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

~Les Miserables (abridged if it seems too overwhelming) by Victor Hugo

~The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

~Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

~A Return to Virtue by Elaine S. Dalton

~Gifted Hands by Ben Carson

~Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

~Outliers by Malcom Gladwell

~Breaking Night by Liz Murray

~The Diary of Anne Frank

~The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

~The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

~Night by Elie Wiesel


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A 32-year-old mother of two and wife to Brett. A lover of all things covered in sprinkles, organizing and anything New York City related. Currently calling Amsterdam home.

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  • Jane tallmadge
    June 24, 2018 at 7:58 am

    I love all of those book recommendations and a lot of those books have changed my life. I’ve been reading a bunch this summer and I actually just finished little women. Thanks for bringing up the topic of literature and helping to keep it alive in all the non-literary ness of today’s world!