The effect of reading


A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one

George R.R. Martin

Who doesn’t enjoy reading? Well, a lot of people actually. I enjoy reading a lot. It makes me calm and it takes me to another dimension. Reading has some really positive effects on the way I think about things. It makes my brain work. So this gave me the motivation to talk about the effects of reading and what it really does for us.

Different books

There are so many books available and each one of these books are really valuable. They have all a different way of telling things. It is because every writer thinks differently. Books are therefore a treasure that we need to start appreciating more. 

The world has changed a lot and it is still changing. With the large variety of information now that we can access so easily, reading has been suffering because of it. I think it is a pity. Well, let’s not get off course now and get to the point.

There are tons of different books. Each book makes the mind work in a different fashion. You have fiction books and non-fiction books. Fiction books are based on the imagination of a writer. So books of Stephen King are fiction stories. Non-fiction, on the other hand, are books about management for example or about personal development.

So as you can read, these are all different types of books and they both do different things to our brains. Let’s start and see what the effect of reading fiction books are.

Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.

Frederic Douglas

The effect of fiction books

Fiction books. I love them. Sometimes I can lose myself in a fiction book. My favorite writer is Stephen King. I really enjoy the way he writes his stories. It feels as if I am really living in that moment. It is amazing. I don’t think I can make you read more by just saying this. Well, let me show you the effects it has.

People who read literary fiction show higher levels of empathy and emotional intelligence, according to studies published in the Public Library of Science, the Journal of Research in Personality and The European Journal of Communication Research.

(Ward, 2017)

Researchers have seen higher emotional intelligence in people who read more fictional books. So what does this mean? 

Emotional intelligence is the capacity to be aware of, control and express one’s emotion. So it is the ability to know and take control of things. For example your emotions. It is a power to personal development. Is this not fantastic? By having a higher emotional intelligence, you can talk better with people and express your self better. Also, you can take charge of your emotions better. Which is what most, if not all, companies look for. 

By being able to control your own emotions, you won’t be the person who let’s his or her emotions decide what he or she is going to do. You will think better about the situation you are in and make a choice based on what you think is better. 

Get smarter

Emotions can really break you or make you. Too much emotion is always bad. Too much of anything is bad and having control over your emotions is the best cure for you if you have problems with controlling your emotions. So buy yourself a nice fiction book and start reading! 😎

A study published by the American Psychological Association suggests that bosses prefer candidates who they find likable and friendly over those who are self-promotional, though they note that a combination of the two is probably best.

(Ward, 2017)

The effect of non-fiction

Non-fiction books. These books are serious. If you want to develop a new skill, you need these books. Well, how does it help you?

The one thing I really enjoy about non-fiction books is the fact that I learn a lot of life-lessons. Some of the problems I have faced are also in these kinds of books. Non-fiction books really help you to understand some situations better and help you understand a problem before you have faced it. How great is that? 

Just like fiction books help you get better at fantasizing about things, non-fiction can really help you see the real world in front of you. One of the things I like about non-fiction books is that you read about different ways people see the world.

Non-fiction books are a reflection of what is inside the mind of a writer who writes the non-fiction book. It will help you get more professional. If you read more non-fictional books, your knowledge will become well rounded. 

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In 2009, scientists Timothy Keller and Marcel Just uncovered evidence that intense reading improvement instructions in young children actually causes the brain to physically rewire itself. In doing so, the brain creates more white matter which improves communication within the brain.

(Trombetta, 2017)

So it has been proven that reading helps with improving communication within the brain. So what are you waiting for then? 

Reading does so much more than we actually think it does. It does not have an effect on a single point of our brain, it helps our brain to keep working. If you stop using your brain, your brain will become lazy. I think that reading really helps you use your imagination. That is the beauty of the mind and the brain. We need to use our brains better. We need to appreciate the work that they do for us more. By reading, we give our brains what they want. Reading is the food for our brain.

The brain is so amazing

Non-fiction VS fiction

The battle is on! Well, actually it is not. I don’t think we can compare the two with each other and say that one is better than the other. In reality, they are both great. I enjoy reading fiction and non-fiction. 

One advice that I could give is, that you need them both in your life. I always say that you have 4 different kinds of books:

  1. Books for the mind.
  2. Books for your imagination.
  3. Books for your soul.
  4. Books for specialist knowledge.

Keep the two in balance. Too much fiction books can make you a dreamer but not a doer. On the other side, too much non-fiction can make your own ideals disappear, because you start to believe more in the things that the non-fiction book writer has written. Non-fiction books can help you guide yourself. It is not for taking over how you think and so forth. 


I think you have found all the reasons to start reading. Fiction and non-fiction both have great influence on us and we never must underestimate the power of reading. 

In this article, you have read the impact of fiction books and the benefits of them and also for the non-fiction books. Keep the two in balance and train your brain.


Trombetta, S. (2017, August 5). What Does Reading Do To Your Brain? These 5 Effects Are Pretty Astounding. Consulted on August 27ste 2018, from 

Ward, M. (2017, May 7). 2 science-backed ways reading fiction makes you smarter. Consulted on August 27ste 2018, van

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