Things We Read was founded by a group of army officers while they were deployed to Iraq in 2011. The group got the book recommendations of famous and interesting people for their soldiers, and provided the books free to their platoons, as a good way to relax during the stressful times overseas. As it turns out, reading does so much more than just tell a story. Reading helps develop communication skills, comprehension ability, and provides Soldiers with a mental asylum from the stressors of combat and military duty.
What getting involved and donating will help:
• Improve Soldier quality of life through encouraging a lifetime pursuit of knowledge
• Open free book collections in participating military communities
• Allow TWR to host professional development speaking series
• Help build reading centers in our wounded warrior hospitals
Point is: it doesn't matter what you read, but finding something you're interested in and reading about it can be an extremely enriching activity. So, just read! We are bridging the civil-military divide with some great books, developing the Citizen-Scholar and the Soldier-Scholar.