Besides the fact that reading a book with friends is fun, strong friendships develop. For me getting together is more important than the book choice. According to the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, regular get-togethers are important for health reasons. Their large scale study showed that connected people have 22% lower stress hormones. This slows the aging process for skin and organs explains the coauthor Lynne C. Giles, PhD. That’s amazing– we can reduce wrinkles with strong friendships.