First, I learnt to read and then I started learning to live, or something like that. But really, what can be more beneficial for your life than a good, wisdom-ish friend in the pocket of your jeans or bag? Especially, for an introvert-minded person.
Books are the best teachers, who would argue with that. But there are books that not only teach you something but shift you from the very inside giving new perspectives on the stagnant layers of reality.
In my notebook, where I keep all the notes on the books I have ever read in my life, I found a pool of nostalgic thoughts about the time when I only started showing interest in books other than fiction, and 5 great titles that prompted me at once to start writing this post.
June was a free of blogging kind of month for me and it was both out of necessity and regardless of my never dying optimism that I could jingle as many writing projects as I wanted. Mental correction here – no, I could not.
June was a hell of productive month for my debut novel which has been under the status ‘work in progress’ for almost a year now. And to make it clear, I was not working on it as much as I did in June which is probably why it’s taking so long for me to finish it. Anyway, June rocked me miles forward to the finish line and to say that I am happy about it does not even stand close to what I really feel.
Another good news about June is that one of my first friends on twitter became a published poet. And this blog post is mainly...
Today is a very special day on my blog; I am officially in book reviewing and sharing my experience with the works of the best authors in the world.
My first blog post in this category I am honored to dedicate to a Vietnamese Thiền Buddhist monk and peace activist, founder of the Plum Village Tradition – Thich Nhat Hanh.
With over 100 books published, Thich Nhat Hanh is all times advocate for peace and a tireless promoter of nonviolent conflict solutions. Vegeterian. And probably one of the most spiritually engaged people of our time.
Mindfulness became my passion just a few years ago. Yet, my path from discovering this phenomenon to actually applying it to my life was not simple or fast at all.
Habit is what makes all people wear clothes. But what about the habit of daily reading?
I used to be an avid reader. English literature and urban fiction writers made it easy for me to merge with the idea of daily reading. Later, I discovered the world of non-fiction and audiobooks and it seemed the goal was reached. I finally adopted the habit of daily reading.
But life swiftly flooded in and I dived into freelance with more serious intentions. My time was split into 3 hour pieces and little by little I started skipping my reading hours. My habit of daily reading turned into a habit of daily avoidance of reading.
So, I did a research and found out a few quite interesting facts about why are we struggling to read books.
Who would think that staying at home can be so challenging and tough?! I’m sure, most of us dreamed of a week or better a month off work. But now when we have it, it doesn't feel as satisfying as we imagined it would.
But, don’t panic. Pandemic can keep us in lockdown for weeks or even months, but it can't imprison our spirit and it, for sure, can't stop us from growing personally and professionally.
Tough times are not to break us but to give new opportunities for a change.
It's time to reset our mindset and just to take a moment to look around at things that in the chaos of daily responsibilities we had no time to even notice.
Those who have a natural attraction to reading, are indeed lucky! But not all of us, lucky bookworms, are being productive in our reading. Quite often, this very attraction turns us into blind puppies that can easily consume book after book and yet struggle to form a good understanding of what those books were about.
When time to leave a comment on the book comes, unproductive reader tends to skip it.
What being a productive reader means?
It means a consistent reading. Of course! But it also means paying attention and being present, while holding a book in your hands. I know from personal experience, how alluring idea to just dive in a book and eat it like a creamy slice of cake with one bite is. I’ve been there, I’ve done that. BUT&...