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.