Why reading books will increase you IQ

Henon Ghirmay is a first year, full-time Public Relations student at Humber College and a bookworm.



Reading is very important because it has so many benefits that can help and teach you in so many ways. It increases your general knowledge, as you learn stuff of books that you would not at school. It increases your language skills as you absorb in the reading material. You get more creative through reading books, so in the future you will have more ideas for writing stories as well as telling them. The best part I personally reckon is to get away from reality. Take a break from life and see the life and events of someone else. Reading will leave you floating in a world more eventful or better/worst than your own one. Sometimes what’s happening to a main character is something that you want to happen to you and; and you also want to find out what happens in the story.

You also learn a lot more vocabulary. People who read often tend to have a more varied range of words to express how they feel and to get their point across. This increases exponentially with the more volumes you consume, giving you a higher level of vocabulary to use in everyday life. Another part of reading is so that you can explore the thoughts and feelings of other people and understand their lifestyles; such as other peoples points of view on love, life etc.

I recently found myself on vacation without having packed a book to read so the first thing I did while waiting at the airport was locate a bookstore.  I hadn’t been in a bookstore since the summer and was disappointed that they did not have many selections, at least not what I was interested in reading at the moment; such as history or psychology. Instead they had a sprawling “Self Help” second.  “Close enough” I thought and dived in.  I ended up choosing “59 Seconds: Change your life in under a minute” by Richard Wiseman probably because it’s bright yellow cover made it stand out.

This little book is packed full of the latest research on all the little things we can do to improve our lives: how to feel happier, how to ace a job interview, how to be more creative, how to improve our relationships, etc.  And as promised, all of the things in here take less than a minute to accomplish.  I didn’t read anything in there that I thought was “life changing”, but if you did all of the suggestions in the book you might accomplish something that could be described as life changing.  Of course, all these things combined would take longer than a minute.

I liked that the book used actual research and described the studies.  As a reader, that really held my interest. I enjoyed reading the book.  I even immediately started suggesting some of the “minute tasks” to my friends and they’ve had some successes with it, well whoever tried it at least.  Again, it’s not “life changing” stuff, but it is a bunch of little tips and tricks you can use to make your life easier.

While I like all kinds of books; I believe that reading motivational books helps us dream, which is what I find my self-reading at the moment. It opens up our mind, it helps us look at other peoples’ viewpoints and realize just how uniquely different each of us was created. Fortunately, we have the liberty to take in whatever we find useful and discard whatever we deem inappropriate. Reading simply opens up a whole endless world before us.

In conclusion, here I have a few facts about the benefits of reading: To develop your verbal abilities, Improves your focus and concentration, Stronger analytical thinking skills, Better writing skills, It improves your imagination, Reading makes you smarter, It makes you interesting and attractive, It improves your memory, It reduces stress, To discover and create yourself, Develop personality, Tranquility, Encourage life goals, Help feel more confident, Visualize the world, Stimulate creativity, For entertainment

The benefits listed above are a very good reason to pick up a book and start reading, as they are qualities every one of us desires and therefore should own.

Do you like reading? And if so, what are your favourite books?

To finish with this post about why we should read more I have provided two links to my fellow students, a recommendation of books from the Google site. The first one is more for women: 30 Books you should read in you 20’s, while the second one is for everyone. Enjoy!


One thought on “Why reading books will increase you IQ

  1. danarombough April 13, 2015 / 4:09 pm

    This blog really stood out to me because as a child I loved to read. Reading was one of my main hobbies, and I feel like it helped me become a stronger reader and writer. I agree with the writer’s stance – that reading books will increase your IQ.
    Not only does it expand your imagination, but it also helps you broaden your vocabulary.

    Throughout my life, people who seemed intelligent to me were always avid readers. As a child, my dad was constantly reading. He always had a book in his hands, and was one of the smartest people I’ve ever personally known. He knew facts about every topic, and his vocabulary was extensive.

    When reading this, it made me feel like reading should be incorporated throughout school. Not just textbooks, but novels that sparks students’ imaginations. I know that young children are often reading in elementary school, but once high school comes long, a lot of it dies out. I feel like reading periods should be implemented into the curriculum to ensure students are frequently reading, and not just spark-noting their book reports. Does anyone feel like this is a good idea?

    This blog sunk in personally with me, and I love that the writer had a strong opinion – that reading increases your IQ. This blog was different from the pop culture blogs I am regularly exposed to. I am definitely interested in other posts this blog has to offer.

    Dana Rombough is a full-time student enrolled in Humber College’s public relations program.


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