Reading for the Soul


Lisa Alioto

01 May 2022 28 comments

Reading is one of those things that it seems we do a lot of or not at all.  Well, I’m here today to promote the value of reading.   It’s great for the imagination, it stimulates the brain in new ways, and it can provide a great deal of quiet entertainment!


Reading is a fabulous way to allow our imagination to expand and grow in new ways.  Since we can’t see what we read, we are left to our own devices to picture in our mind the characters and scenery that is written in the words before us.

It’s often interesting to read a book and then watch the movie, if there is one.   It’s amazing how differently the characters come to life on screen then they did in our mind, isn’t it?   I think that is one of the beauties of reading – the book comes to life in a unique and interesting way for every reader.

Stimulating the Brain

Reading is a great way to stimulate the brain.   It allows us to focus on a singular object – the book – and then it allows our mind to wander from there.  To paint the canvas, so to speak, of what we are reading.

There is, of course, books also written purposely to stimulate our thinking in one way or another.  Perhaps the biggest example in history is the Bible, but on a more general level there are many, many self-improvement books geared toward helping us create new, healthier habits or ways of thinking.


Not to be forgotten, books are here for our entertainment!    They are a fun escape from real life.  My how time flies when one finds themselves in an intriguing new book!   It’s the really good books that are hard to put down for even the tiniest of breaks.  That’s when you know you’ve found a great book!

Is Reading Part of Your Life?

If so, what types of books do you prefer?  Books that tap mostly into your imagination?  Self-improvement or self-help books?  Entertainment?  Do you wind down your day with a good book or ramp up your morning with a chapter from your latest find?

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28 thoughts on “Reading for the Soul

  1. I do my reading in bed to wind down so currently I’m revisiting some old favourites from Mary Wesley 🙂

    1. Lisa Alioto

      That’s a great way to focus your mind and wrap up the day!

  2. Fab post! I always read just before bed to relax and to stop myself from all the endless scrolling on insta! Defo need a new book ☺️

    Han //

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Reading is such a good way to unwind, isn’t it! 🙂

  3. This article came at the perfect time! Lately, I’ve been trying to restore my old reading habits. I was an avid reader growing up, but my motivation to get through new books wavered over time.

    I’ve been enjoying sci-fi books at the moment. It’s strange because the genre is not something I’d usually go for. I adored The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and I’m enjoying Dune right now.

    I also love your point about how we each visualise the texts we read in our own, unique way. I’ve never thought about it like that before!

    Great read. 🙂

    1. Lisa Alioto

      I’m glad you enjoyed it Holly! Read on and enjoy! 🙂

  4. I really love how your imagination can run wild when you read a good book! I’m someone who goes through phases of either reading all the time or not reading at all. At the moment I’m not really reading but I’m hoping to pick it back up this month. It’s the perfect time of year to get cosy with a good book!

    1. Lisa Alioto

      I agree – it’s the perfect time of year to pick reading back up and let your imagination run wild. 🙂

  5. I’m really proud that I could say that reading is part of my life! I love reading since I was 7 or 8 till now ~ It’s a really really good habit for my brain 😀

    1. Lisa Alioto

      That is awesome Merry – it really is good for the soul (and brain) 🙂

  6. The last book I read was Demi Moore’s memoir called Inside Out. It was for a book club and it was a very interesting book. It definitely shed some light on so many things we never knew about her.

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Thanks for the book lead – I will have to check that out! I’ve been a fan of so many of her movies!

  7. I am a big reader. I prefer non-fiction books typically. Either self help, scientific theories, or true adventure stories. I find these books usually help spark inspiration in my writing.

    I also like fiction, usually fantasy or sci-fi, but I have a hard time finding books or series worth my time. So I often go through long stretches where I read only nonfiction.

    1. Lisa Alioto

      It’s great that you have such varied interests – it keeps the reading interesting! I like self help books too!

  8. Reading has always been such a big part of my life and although in some cases it has been because of school/uni, it’s nearly always been for enjoyment. This was the perfect time to read this as I’m currently in a bit of a reading slump so great to remember why I enjoy it so much.

    1. Lisa Alioto

      That’s excellent – I’m glad this article caught you at a good time!

  9. Reading is by far my favorite hobby. I find books in a variety of ways but I tend to love them the most when they have been personally recommended to me. And a lot of times I get drawn in by the cover art which is so amazing these days.

    1. Lisa Alioto

      It definitely is – I love cover art too. It’s key to me picking up the book to check it out further

  10. I haven’t been reading as much as I’d like recently but one of my favourite books that I’ve read in the last few years is Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. I learnt so much and it was very moving in places. I must get back into a good reading routine as I miss it!

    1. Lisa Alioto

      I will have to check out that book – thanks for the lead!

  11. I have been reading a lot of books on and off, but I have yet to finish them. I mostly read biographies of mathematicians and scientists, educational books on Math and Science (recently Astronomy, too) and seldom novels and comic books. I read mostly for the entertainment factor, but even to learn something new and (try to) use the new knowledge in my everyday life and projects. 🙂

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Good for you!! I hope you continue to enjoy this great interest!

  12. Other than Harry Potter, I’m more of an easy to read romance kind of girl. Though I haven’t made time for reading recently!

    1. Lisa Alioto

      I’ve just gotten back into myself and am really enjoying it

  13. I agree with you and need to say, that my favorite books are self-improvement books!
    Now reading Jay Shetty’s newest book – ”Think Like a Monk”. I recommend it!

    1. Lisa Alioto

      I will have to check that out – thanks for the lead Sandra!

  14. Charity says:

    Yes! I totally agree! Reading is the best. I always enjoy it.

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Me too – it takes you away to another land for a bit.

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