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National Book Month

Reading: it gives us mental stimulation and reduces stress; it provides us with knowledge and education; it helps expand our vocabularies, memories and creative imaginations. The mere act of opening a book invites us into another world, which can often distract us from stressors and give us a much-needed respite from our daily lives. Studies indicate that even only six minutes a day of reading can reduce overall stress by up to 68%.

Each October, we celebrate National Book Month: a month-long observation created by the National Book Foundation that reminds us of the critical importance — and benefits of — reading, writing and literature. For this #NationalBookMonth, we polled our readers on book recommendations focused on eating disorders and mental health conditions.

Here are some of your suggestions: