“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading,” asserted author William Styron. Books provide us with a break from reality. Whether a novel captivates a reader and transports them into a fictional world or a nonfiction piece educates and inspires, writers use the written word to touch people of all ages. Reading imparts knowledge, helps foster empathy, reduces stress, improves your memory, and offers an escape from your daily life.