If you're someone who identifies as a reader, then books have already been a massive influence on your life. For some of us, reading one book after another since we first learned how has added so much to our lives. And there are tons of studies that show the benefits of reading, from increased empathy to lowered stress levels. But there are also tons of other small ways that you can take your reading beyond your favorite armchair, and let the books you love enrich your life even more than just giving you iconic characters to relate to and legendary romances to ship. One of the biggest ways to do that is by bringing a community element into your reading, letting books spur you on to actions both big and small that will change your life for the better.
Something as simple as spending time at your local book store to something more serious like volunteering to read to kids, being a lifelong reader can provide you with tons of opportunities to make the most out of life. We've come up with nine small things you can do combine books with betterment. Now get out there and make your world a better (and more bookish) place.