Recently, we started up a book club at work with about ten coworkers. I have to say I love it! We just got into our second book, A Million Little Pieces by James Frey, and I’m waiting to pick it up from the library next week. This is my first book club experience…so far so good! These are books I wouldn’t normally pick up off the shelves, making it exciting and interesting at the same time.

Are you in a book club? Any good book recommendations?

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Grammar Comics!

Itching for some grammar this weekend? Read grammar comics from The Oatmeal!

It’s rainy. It’s snowy. It’s winter…so it must be hibernation season.

When the weather (or the season) keeps you indoors, take advantage of your down time with a little R&R.

It may seem a little obvious that resting is the key to good health, but here are 4 reasons why R&R really matters:

  1. R&R lets you recharge your batteries. The work week is often stressful, and sleep may be hard to come by if you’re anxious, worried, or just downright busy. R&R lets you catch up on much needed rest.
  2. R&R helps to keep you healthy. If you’re run down, you’re less likely to fight off infections. Studies show that adults need at least 7 hours of sleep to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  3. R&R lets you play catch up. That new book that’s been sitting on your nightstand for weeks? Read it. That cooking blog you’ve wanted to start for months now? Start it. R&R lets you catch on things you’ve wanted to get into lately, but haven’t had the time to start. Take advantage of this time!
  4. R&R gives you “you time.” Whatever that means to you…do it!

When’s the last time you stayed in and just relaxed? It’s a nice feeling!

When it comes to the subject of reading, I absolutely believe that the phrase “Use It or Lose It” is true.

On the first day of my current job, I received the best piece of advice in years. The Publisher/President of my publishing group was kind enough to take me out to lunch so we could get to know each other. We had common interests and got along well, which was great. At the end of the lunch, we talked business for a few minutes. I then asked him if he had any advice that would help me at my new job.

His advice: “Read. Always keep reading.”

And I have. I’ve always been a reader, whether it’s a new book (or books) from the library, magazines, newspapers, online articles…I’ve always found myself wanting to keep up with the news.

There are so many benefits to reading that it’s hard to compile an actual list.

Reading is essential to not only writers, but also business gurus, teachers, doctors, lawyers, scientists, shop owners, cashiers…The list goes on. Books keep the mind sharp, enhance vocabulary, and provide entertainment, among other benefits.

Keeping up with newspapers, magazines, and online articles are certainly a good starting point. But i strongly recommend getting lost in a great book with a gripping story that keeps you wanting more.

Currently reading: The Help by Kathryn Stockett, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey, and My Week with Marilyn┬áby Colin Clark.