October 18, 2014

Flakes. by andokadesbois

Flakes. by andokadesbois

October 17, 2014

mhplanet: The ‘Out of Print’ section

mhplanet: The ‘Out of Print’ section

October 17, 2014

you are near. by Ilmari Nen

you are near. by Ilmari Nen

October 17, 2014

State of Mind by mirazu

State of Mind by mirazu

October 16, 2014

A Helpful Catalog of the Library of Hotel Pennsylvania by Mongibeddu

A Helpful Catalog of the Library of Hotel Pennsylvania by Mongibeddu

October 11, 2014

When I read Carl Honoré's In Praise of Slowness, my life changed. Thanks to him, I discovered the Slow Movement and a different way to live.

Now, again thanks to him, I discovered this!

Slow Reading Club

How it all began:

I would describe myself as an avid reader (ex literature grad), but one day I realised that I embarrassingly couldn’t think of the last time I’d actually read a book cover to cover.

I bought The Luminaries but I hadn’t even got past the prologue. I’ve got novels with spines unbroken clogging my bookshelf. I’m too busy, or online checking my emails or Facebook, or fall asleep after the first few paragraphs… The more I talked to other people that missed reading, I found I wasn’t alone.

I was discovering the lost generation of book lovers. Are you out there?

I’d heard of Slow Food and Slow Travel, but the Slow Reading movement was a new one on me until I started researching it. It takes the idea that when we slow down and read a book, we can gain real benefits.

A recent UK study showed that just six minutes of reading can reduce stress levels by two thirds (more than listening to music or having a cup of tea).

Immersing yourself in someone else’s story can help your skills of empathy. Reading aids your spelling and vocabulary (is the online Thesaurus your friend? It is mine). And in our digitally overwhelming times, we train ourselves to skim and scan, rather than really read. I think of it like a holiday for your head.

Why a Slow Reading Club?

So I started reading again – and it was great. But I always think that things are more fun when you share it with others. And, like a yoga class, you’re more likely to do it when you have it locked in the diary.

The idea of the Slow Reading Club is to create a cosy, quiet, weekly social where people bring their books, grab a drink or a bite, read for an hour, then head home or stay for a chat together”.

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Photographs by Pauline Lévêque. Model: Paige Shand.

October 11, 2014

probablyoffended said: The scariest book I've read would be The Devouring by Simon Holt. He does a really good job of exposing your childhood fears and forces you to realize no one is as fearless as they think. Very good read and its not too long!

Ok, The Devouring is going to my to-read list!

October 11, 2014
Which is the scariest book you’ve read?

and why it’s so scary?

October 5, 2014

by Tudor ApMadoc

by Tudor ApMadoc

October 4, 2014

Equine bookends by Lauren Radvansky