“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.” William Styron
I don’t know about you but I really get into fiction books when I am reading. I can really identify with the characters and ‘go through’ their various emotional states too. Knowing this I do try to make conscious choices about the sort of books I read.
There are lots of interesting studies about the effect of books on emotions through the choice of subject, the vocabulary used and of course the overall content.