Living, if done properly, is a stressful undertaking. If you make reading a part of your stress-reducing toolkit, you give yourself another powerful way to unwind. Obviously reading is also a life-skill, but enjoyment is essential. It’s always worth taking the time to find out what you like.
I’m a sucker for a good adventure story and The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien, was a transportive experience for me. People always say books take you places, but until that point I had never felt like my mind had traveled somewhere far away and back. It was also the first time I didn’t feel like a teacher-assigned reading assignment was a chore.
Sapiens, by Yuval Noah Harari, transformed my world-view and shook several of my core beliefs. It’s the kind of book I’d send back in time and force my younger self to read if I could.