Do you realize that if you read just one of the titles suggested in January, you would be better read than the new President of the United States?
It brings up an important value of reading: books allow the reader to experience the world, and not just stew in their own self-involvement. Books develop a vital human trait—empathy—and make it clear that the reader is not the center of the universe. Books expose the true human condition, sometimes sublime, often disappointing; sometimes right, often wrong; loved by some, despised by others.
A clichéd image which is currently in vogue is that of living in a bubble. Possibly the most direct way into this bubble is the result of not reading.
Look over last month’s list and chose one book to read: escape the bubble!