Summer Reading List: Best Selling Picks at Avid Bookshop

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The Pew Research Center reported in 2016 that 74 percent of adults in the United States had read a book in the preceding year in either part or entirety.

While the percentage of American adults that are picking up books has increased slightly since 2015, almost a fourth of the population of American adults has not picked up a book in the last year.

Most people know that developing good reading habits as a child is integral to academic performance, but for adults, studies have shown that reading is a stress reliever.

The Telegraph reported in 2013 that a study conducted by the University of Sussex found that “even six minutes [with a book] can be enough to reduce stress levels by more than two thirds.”

Reading programs have even been used to treat patients that suffer from mental illness and emotional trauma in a practice known as bibliotherapy.

If you want to jump start your reading habit or revive a lost one, there are many places in Athens you can visit to get your hands on good books. You can visit chain stores like Barnes and Noble, check out a book from the Athens-Clarke County Library, or stop by independent shops like local Athens favorite Avid Bookshop.

Here are six titles to add to your summer reading list. All six are available at Avid Bookshop.

Summer Must-Reads

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A Carefree, Classic City Valentine’s Day

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Falling in love has a way of making you feel insane and sweaty. BBC Science reports that this is due to the hormones dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin released by your brain when you experience attraction. If you’re looking to capture that carefree, effortless illusion in spite of your sweaty palms and racing heart this Valentine’s Day, here are a few Athens favorites to visit on Feb. 14.

The Chapel Bell located at the University of Georgia is a campus hotspot for celebrating everything from a Bulldog victory to acing an exam. The Chapel Bell can be heard around campus and downtown on a clear day like this one on Feb. 13, 2017 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo/Gracie Thompson).
The Arch on North Campus at the University of Georgia has a long history of being the location for the Athens community to mourn, protest, and celebrate. This Athens symbol stands tall on Feb. 13, 2017 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo/Gracie Thompson).
Located right next to the Arch on the campus of the University of Georgia are these paper cranes. The birds are hung in trees on both sides, adding a flash of color to the greenery on Feb. 13, 2017 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo/Gracie Thompson).
The Georgia Theatre in Downtown Athens, Georgia is an icon. While the marquee is dark in the afternoon on Feb. 13, 2017, the lights will turn on to welcome singer/songwriter Anders Osborne to Athens, Georgia on Valentine’s Day. (Photo/Gracie Thompson).
Last Resort Grill, a local Athens favorite located on Clayton Street, features dessert from Cecilia Villaveces Cakes. The cakes are displayed next to the bar on Feb. 13,2017 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo/Gracie Thompson).
Five Points welcomes Avid Bookshop to its new location on South Lumpkin Street. The bright blue storefront adds a pop of color to the neighborhood on Feb. 13, 2017 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo/Gracie Thompson).
Avid Bookshop currently features these cut-out hearts in their window display on Feb. 13, 2017 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo/Gracie Thompson).
Two Story Coffee located on South Lumpkin Street offers a homey, is an Athens favorite that offers a laid-back atmosphere on Feb. 14, 2017 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo/Gracie Thompson).

By: Gracie Thompson