I can say that reading is the most inexpensive one from my hobbies that provides so many benefits.

A single book can provide you with knowledge or enlightenment and, sometimes, entertainment as well. A good book will make you think about some aspect of the world around you and make you reconsider that aspect a little, whether it’s human relationships, some aspect of the physical world, or an intriguing new idea.

The act of reading improves your ability to absorb and comprehend written information, helping you in virtually any career path. There are very few jobs today that don’t incorporate written information or instructions, and the more you read, the easier it is for you to absorb that information and execute your job better.

Reading also improves your cultural literacy, making it easier to find shared conversation points with others. The more you read, the more ideas you have in your head and the more ways you can find to connect with the people around you.

Reading can be surprisingly social, too. I love discussing books with my friends, particularly ones we’ve both read. Often, we’ll choose to read the same books for the discussion opportunities. Book clubs take that idea to another level, turning books into a true social event.

My favourite kind of books to read are psyhology, mystery and science fiction. Though science fiction is often thought of in the same vein as fantasy, what distinguishes its stories is that they lean heavily on themes of technology and future science.

One of my favourite books is 'The martian' by Andy Weir. By the way the author is a sofware developer and writing was just a hobby for him. He published the copy of the book in his own website for free on 2011 because he wasn’t able to sell it to a publisher. Later he began selling it on Amazon. The book quickly became a bestseller, which led to a major publishing deal and then a blockbuster movie directed by Ridley Scott.

Reading is a wonderful hobby, and it would be even if it didn’t happen to be incredibly frugal as well. The more you read, the bigger your imagination gets.

In the words of George R.R Martin “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. A man who never reads lives only one.”

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V. Stefanova

Engineer Front-end developer