Reading has many benefits. It reduces stress, provides knowledge, expands vocabulary, improves critical analysis, stimulates mental clarity and focus, improves recall/memory and more. For instance, reading enables you to come up with fresh insights as you learn new information. It also jump-starts your imagination and relaxes your mind.
Reading is one of the four subtests of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). It would be advantageous on your part if you were a wide reader. It is okay if you were not; it is never too late to pick up a good book and read a chapter or two while sipping a hot chocolate.
Another option is to join IELTS centers as they provide materials to help you improve your reading comprehension. Instructors in IELTS centers in Davao assess students’ reading skills by engaging them in mock exams and practical tests.
Start reading now before taking the IELTS exam. Immerse yourself to creative works that can help relax your stressed mind. Here are five must-read books for 2016 from TIME Magazine’s list.
1. Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett – Margaret marries John despite his mental condition. She gave birth to a musical fanatic, Michael, who inherits his father’s condition. His mother and younger siblings, Celia and Alec, struggle to take care of him and to deal with his predicaments.
2. The Fireman by Joe Hill – A plague known as the “dragon scale” is spreading across the country and has afflicted millions of people. In the midst of the chaos, Harper Grayson, an infected nurse, struggles to survive to give birth to her unborn child. Her life and the baby’s are threatened by the Cremation Squads, a group of armed men whose goal is to eliminate infected victims. Harper meets the Fireman, a patient in the hospital she was working from who can control the fire within himself. He used it to counter the Cremation Squads and to avenge those who are wronged.
3. The Past by Teresa Hadley – The Past tells the story of four siblings who spend summer vacation at their grandparents’ country home. While they struggle with the decision to sell the house, issues transpired which lead them to evaluate how their relationships have changed through the years, including the new members of their family.
4. Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets by Svetlana Alexievich – Secondhand Time centers on the death of communism in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics or USSR and the events that unfold as it transitions to the contemporary Russia. Through a collection of interviews, the author portrays how citizens hope for the future of their country.
5. Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler – Sweetbitter narrates the story of Tess who sets out her career as a backwaiter in Union Square, a renowned restaurant in New York City. She soon finds herself head over heels with the city and entangled in a love triangle.
Apart from the books listed here, you may also visit bookstores for new releases or look for their eBook counterparts. Reading stimulates your mind; it engages you to mental activities by processing newly acquired information, imagining scenarios, observing a scene’s climax, learning new words, etc. It is not only educational but also enjoyable as you discover new things. If you are about to take the IELTS exam, reading not only prepare you for the Reading component but also for the Writing test. You can also improve your language skills by joining IELTS review centers. (There are tutoring centers for IELTS in Davao, Manila, Makati, Baguio and Cebu.)
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TIME Staff. "Here Are the Best Books of 2016 So Far." TIME. June 13, 2016. Accessed December 01, 2016. http://time.com/4363326/best-books-2016-so-far/.
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“The Fireman.” Amazon. Accessed December 01, 2016. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0062200631/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=timecom-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=0062200631&linkId=909eac43ccbe996275623251b24b076a
“Imagine Me Gone.” Amazon. Accessed December 01, 2016. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0316261351/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=timecom-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=0316261351&linkId=229e7b1820cdd7165b20c185364ed78f
“The Past.” Amazon. Accessed December 01, 2016. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0062270427/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=timecom-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=0062270427&linkId=61cbcbeda2e02c66e36f8bbdee94536c
“Sweetbitter.” Amazon. Accessed December 01, 2016. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1101875941/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=timecom-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=1101875941&linkId=d2eded9cbe75593fa88c25272ee32d61
“Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets.”Amazon. Accessed December 01, 2016. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0399588809/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=timecom-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=0399588809&linkId=0dff9ef441c7f462dd92f358c73672f2