The intention of each book author is to take the reader on a journey from beginning to end (even when it is a non-fiction). Simple. If they fail to do that, then it is a bad book.

Too many new and unmemorable characters, too much exposition (more on that later) and way too much internalizing by the characters made it very difficult to slog through the book. There seemed to be far less care taken with the writing style. Most of all, it felt unfocused.

The scientific answer is a resounding “yes.” Reading books benefits both your physical and mental health, and those benefits can last a lifetime. They begin in early childhood and continue through the senior years. Here’s a brief explanation of how reading books can change your brain — and your body — for the better.