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"The beautiful new book from Salon bibliotherapist Ella Berthoud ... explores how reading mindfully enhances our lives and asks, if reading is our daily nourishment, how best should it be consumed?" - Damian Barr The Art of Mindful Reading embraces the joy of absorbing words on a page, encouraging a state of mind as deeply therapeutic and vital to our wellbeing as breath "The beautiful new book from Salon bibliotherapist Ella Berthoud ... explores how reading mindfully enhances our lives and asks, if reading is our daily nourishment, how best should it be consumed?" - Damian Barr The Art of Mindful Reading embraces the joy of absorbing words on a page, encouraging a state of mind as deeply therapeutic and vital to our wellbeing as breathing. The healing power of reading has been renowned since Aristotle; focus, flow and enlightenment can all be discovered through this universal act. Bibliotherapist Ella Berthoud explores how reading mindfully can shape the person you are, teach empathy with others and give you your moral backbone. Through meditative exercises, engaging anecdote and expert insight, discover the enriching potential of reading for mindfulness. Learn:  • How to use reading to develop your emotional intelligence • Different ways of reading • Reading like a child – without preconceptions and in exciting places • The benefits of reading with others  • How to find yourself in a book – remembering what you have read   If you like this, you might also be interested in Writer’s Creative Workbook, Mindful Thoughts for Walkers and Mindfulness & the Art of Drawing. . .


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"The beautiful new book from Salon bibliotherapist Ella Berthoud ... explores how reading mindfully enhances our lives and asks, if reading is our daily nourishment, how best should it be consumed?" - Damian Barr The Art of Mindful Reading embraces the joy of absorbing words on a page, encouraging a state of mind as deeply therapeutic and vital to our wellbeing as breath "The beautiful new book from Salon bibliotherapist Ella Berthoud ... explores how reading mindfully enhances our lives and asks, if reading is our daily nourishment, how best should it be consumed?" - Damian Barr The Art of Mindful Reading embraces the joy of absorbing words on a page, encouraging a state of mind as deeply therapeutic and vital to our wellbeing as breathing. The healing power of reading has been renowned since Aristotle; focus, flow and enlightenment can all be discovered through this universal act. Bibliotherapist Ella Berthoud explores how reading mindfully can shape the person you are, teach empathy with others and give you your moral backbone. Through meditative exercises, engaging anecdote and expert insight, discover the enriching potential of reading for mindfulness. Learn:  • How to use reading to develop your emotional intelligence • Different ways of reading • Reading like a child – without preconceptions and in exciting places • The benefits of reading with others  • How to find yourself in a book – remembering what you have read   If you like this, you might also be interested in Writer’s Creative Workbook, Mindful Thoughts for Walkers and Mindfulness & the Art of Drawing. . .

30 review for The Art of Mindful Reading: Embracing the Wisdom of Words

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lou

    This is a quirky and original book which looks at reading in a novel (pun absolutely intended) way. I was drawn to this as I suffer from a variety of long-term, incurable illnesses all of which cause chronic pain and reading is a hobby I partake in every day. I read an extensive amount from both the non-fiction and fiction genres and it's true that I primarily pick up a book in order to aid relaxation. That is why The Art of Mindful Reading very much appealed to me, and it didn't disappoint with This is a quirky and original book which looks at reading in a novel (pun absolutely intended) way. I was drawn to this as I suffer from a variety of long-term, incurable illnesses all of which cause chronic pain and reading is a hobby I partake in every day. I read an extensive amount from both the non-fiction and fiction genres and it's true that I primarily pick up a book in order to aid relaxation. That is why The Art of Mindful Reading very much appealed to me, and it didn't disappoint with its engaging descriptive but conversational style of writing, meditative exercises, intriguing anecdotes, and expert insight where the author reveals the enriching potential of reading for mindfulness. This is a beautiful quality book with text and illustrations that complement each other perfectly and the whole package looks and feels sophisticated and extensively researched. Ella Berthoud is a bibliotherapist prescribing literary cures to readers everywhere, who regularly gives talks on reading ailments and mindful reading at bookstores and festivals across the UK, so it's safe to say that she knows her onions when it comes to this wonderful topic. I loved it so much that I've purchased a hardcopy for my bookshelf and recommend to all readers as something unique and delightful. Although rather concise in terms of print length at less than 150 pages, it is mighty in terms of its content and heart. Many thanks to Quarto Publishing Group - Leaping Hare Press for an ARC.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    (3.5) Ella Berthoud is one of the bibliotherapists at the School of Life in London and co-author of The Novel Cure. (I wrote about my bibliotherapy session with her in this post.) For her contribution to a Leaping Hare Press series on mindfulness – whose titles range from The Mindful Art of Wild Swimming to Mindfulness and the Journey of Bereavement – she’s thought deeply about how reading can be an active, deliberate practice rather than a time of passive receiving or entertainment. Through han (3.5) Ella Berthoud is one of the bibliotherapists at the School of Life in London and co-author of The Novel Cure. (I wrote about my bibliotherapy session with her in this post.) For her contribution to a Leaping Hare Press series on mindfulness – whose titles range from The Mindful Art of Wild Swimming to Mindfulness and the Journey of Bereavement – she’s thought deeply about how reading can be an active, deliberate practice rather than a time of passive receiving or entertainment. Through handy exercises and quirky tips she encourages readers to take stock of how they read and to become more aware of each word on the page. To start with, a close reading exercise using a passage from Alice in Wonderland invites you to find out whether you’re an auditory, visual or kinesthetic reader. I learned that I’m a cross between auditory and visual: I hear every word aloud in my head, but I also picture the scenes, usually unfolding in black and white in settings that are familiar to me (my childhood best friend’s home used to be a common backdrop, for instance). The book then discusses ways to incorporate reading into daily life, from breakfast to bedtime and from a favorite chair to the crook of a tree, and how to combine it with other activities. I will certainly be trying out the reading yoga poses! As I discovered at my bibliotherapy appointment, Ella is passionate about getting people reading in as many different ways as possible. That can include listening to audiobooks, reading aloud with a partner, or reading silently but in company with other people. She also surveys the many ways there are of sharing an enthusiasm for books nowadays, such as Book Crossing, book clubs and Little Free Libraries. Although she acknowledges the place of e-readers and smartphones, Ella generally describes reading as a tactile experience, and insists on the importance of keeping a print reading journal as well as a ‘Golden Treasury’ of favorite passages, two strategies that will combat the tendency to forget a book as soon as you’ve finished it. Some of her suggestions of what to do with physical books are beyond the pale for me – such as using a knife to slice a daunting doorstopper into more manageable chunks, or beating up a much-hyped book to “rob [it] of its glamour and gloss, and bring it down from its pedestal to a more humble state, a place where you can read it in comfort” – but there are ideas here to suit every kind of reader. Take a quick break between novels and use this book to think about how you read and in what ways you could improve or intensify the experience. Favorite passages: “As a bibliotherapist, I believe that every novel you read shapes the person that you are, speaking to you on a deep, unconscious level, and altering your very nature with the ideas that it shows you.” “I often find that people imagine reading fiction is a self-indulgent thing to do, and that they ought to be doing something else. Much research has been conducted into the benefits of reading fiction, which deepens your empathy and emotional intelligence, helps with making important life decisions and allows your brain to rest. Research has shown that reading provides as much relaxation as meditation” Originally published, with images, on my blog, Bookish Beck.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Literary Redhead

    LITERARY TEA I adore the offerings from Quarto Publishing Group — Leaping Hare Press and this latest perfectly illustrates why. The topic is totally my literary cup of tea, the text and design beautifully done, the concept of reading as a therapeutic, spiritual endeavor appeals deeply. The author writes: “What begins as a jumble of marks, black against white, conjures colours, monsters and beasts, emotions, laughter and tears. Eventually the process becomes ... as natural to us a breathing — and LITERARY TEA I adore the offerings from Quarto Publishing Group — Leaping Hare Press and this latest perfectly illustrates why. The topic is totally my literary cup of tea, the text and design beautifully done, the concept of reading as a therapeutic, spiritual endeavor appeals deeply. The author writes: “What begins as a jumble of marks, black against white, conjures colours, monsters and beasts, emotions, laughter and tears. Eventually the process becomes ... as natural to us a breathing — and just as necessary.... If reading is your daily bread, then how best should it be consumed?” She answers in language poetic, with attention paid to all aspects of this endeavor besotted by humans since the first written word. AUDIO, VISUAL, KINESTHETIC? There are exercises to enhance reading experiences, including determining if you are an audio, visual or kinesthetic reader (I’m an audio who pronounces words silently as I read them) and strategies to follow to enhance your particular enjoyment. (For audios like me, reading aloud is prescribed. How did the author know that I’ve been reading sections of this lovely book to my husband?) HULA HOOPING Included are an array of of mindful exercises such as acting out scenes, creating a biblio-nook, keeping a journal, reading while doing yoga or for those with ADHD frenetic activities such hula hooping, reading ‘round a campfire ... or I would add with your Beloved before a roaring private fire or in bed together. I WANNA BE ... And oh my stars does the author’s bio read as one I’d love for myself: “Ella Berthoud is a bibliotherapist prescribing literary cures to readers everywhere, who regularly gives talks on reading ailments and mindful reading at bookstores and festivals across the UK. She lives with her family in West Sussex, England and likes to hula-hoop as she reads.” 5 STARS AREN’T ENOUGH! There is so much goodness in this small volume (144 pages) that I would give it infinite stars if I could. But I can only do 5 so 5 it is, along with my highest marks! GRATITUDE Thanks to Ella Berthoud, Quarto Publishing Group — Leaping Hare Press and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine. Pub Date 04 Jun 2019. #TheArtOfMindfulReading #NetGalley

  4. 4 out of 5

    Diane Challenor

    A beautifully presented book with lots of insights for all levels of readers. I consider myself an advanced and “active” reader, and many of the suggestions in the book were things that I already bring to my reading, however, I found other bits quite profound. I took quite a few notes. A beautiful book, it will be given a special space on my shelves.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Etienne

    A book about reading that bring the focus on how you read, kind of thinking/meditating about your internal reading process. Not so sure what was the purpose of this book, for me I saw it has a book for new reader who want to read or read more and are not so sure where to start or what they like, to discover themselves as reader I guess... For me it was pointless, I obviously already read way too much and know myself well as a reader. Original work and way to go into the reading world, but not su A book about reading that bring the focus on how you read, kind of thinking/meditating about your internal reading process. Not so sure what was the purpose of this book, for me I saw it has a book for new reader who want to read or read more and are not so sure where to start or what they like, to discover themselves as reader I guess... For me it was pointless, I obviously already read way too much and know myself well as a reader. Original work and way to go into the reading world, but not sure it will touch a vast public!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Diane Hernandez

    The Art of Mindful Reading is a beautiful book that celebrates readers. When reading, do you picture every scene in your head? You are a visual reader. If you hear the words you are reading silently in your head, you are a dynamic reader. If you walk, highlight passages, or fidget when reading, you are a kinesthetic reader. The author includes tips to increase the pleasure of reading for every reading type. Who knew that there was a profession called bibliotherapist, which the author of Art of Min The Art of Mindful Reading is a beautiful book that celebrates readers. When reading, do you picture every scene in your head? You are a visual reader. If you hear the words you are reading silently in your head, you are a dynamic reader. If you walk, highlight passages, or fidget when reading, you are a kinesthetic reader. The author includes tips to increase the pleasure of reading for every reading type. Who knew that there was a profession called bibliotherapist, which the author of Art of Mindful Reading calls herself? The author encourages mindfulness, or living every moment fully, while reading. Though this is a short book, there are many creative ideas to increase your reading pleasure. For example, reading can be childlike by moving reading to unusual places perhaps in a specially created nook either inside or out of your house. I don’t think this book will make your Instagram-addicted daughter want to read books but it is a great gift for someone who already enjoys reading. 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars! Thanks to Leaping Hare Press and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    PS

    Skip this and read The Novel Cure: From Abandonment to Zestlessness: 751 Books to Cure What Ails You instead. Skip this and read The Novel Cure: From Abandonment to Zestlessness: 751 Books to Cure What Ails You instead.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Phthalo Gray "I ain't finna read that"

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  9. 4 out of 5

    Katie/Doing Dewey

    Summary: Sometimes this was more about living in the moment than reading thoughtfully, but it also included some helpful and fun ideas. This book was a bit of a jumble. There were parts that were focused on the sort of mindful reading I want to do. They included suggestions like reading a page really focusing on words, then sentences, then paragraphs; and re-reading to get more out of a book. Other parts were focused on a sort of mindfulness that is more about being present in the moment. These s Summary: Sometimes this was more about living in the moment than reading thoughtfully, but it also included some helpful and fun ideas. This book was a bit of a jumble. There were parts that were focused on the sort of mindful reading I want to do. They included suggestions like reading a page really focusing on words, then sentences, then paragraphs; and re-reading to get more out of a book. Other parts were focused on a sort of mindfulness that is more about being present in the moment. These sections include advice like thinking about the way the book you're reading is produced. There were also suggestions for different ways to read (in yoga poses! outside! under the covers!); different ways to share books with others; and different ways to reflect on your reading. While the author occasionally wrote as though everyone comes from a reading family, she also seemed to be making an effort to acknowledge the privileges of her background. Likewise, she seemed to be trying her best to recognize that people have different reading styles. She was definitely not a reading snob. The books she referenced included classics, but also popular fiction and nonfiction. She seemed to slightly prefer hard copies of books, but also recognized the value of ebooks and audiobooks. Initially I found the writing repetitive, with the author often giving a brief overview followed by more detail on topics that I didn't think needed explanations. However, I actually really enjoyed this as I got into the book. It made for a slow, peaceful, meditative read. I liked that it forced me to think more about topics that I otherwise might have skimmed over. I think my favorite takeaway was actually the reading yoga poses, which I'm definitely saving for the next read-a-thon! But some of the advice I mentioned above about how to read mindfully seems really helpful too.This review was originally posted on Doing Dewey

  10. 4 out of 5

    Panda Incognito

    I thought that this book looked interesting, but I ended up heavily skimming it. This seems to go against the author's point about mindful reading, of course, but I was mindful of my time and my stacks of better books to read, and got through this quickly to glean what I could amid the fluff and nonsense. The author lost me near the very beginning, when she said that people who don't read are raised by wolves, and she also made lots of extremely ridiculous suggestions, such as claiming that the p I thought that this book looked interesting, but I ended up heavily skimming it. This seems to go against the author's point about mindful reading, of course, but I was mindful of my time and my stacks of better books to read, and got through this quickly to glean what I could amid the fluff and nonsense. The author lost me near the very beginning, when she said that people who don't read are raised by wolves, and she also made lots of extremely ridiculous suggestions, such as claiming that the peak of mindfulness can be achieved by reading while riding a unicycle. I kid you not! She also recommends that if you feel overwhelmed to approach a book surrounded by awards or tremendous hype, then you should throw the book into a bush, smear it with dirt, and then settle down to read it when it no longer looks so impressive. Um... Okay. Some of the suggestions in this book are helpful, like the ones about how to determine which books to keep and which to pass on, or how to keep a reading journal or reading scrapbook. However, many of the mindful reading practices in this book are frivolous or strange, and the text blocks suggesting these practices regularly interrupt the author's writing mid-stream. This book's formatting is not mindful at all, and it also has unreasonably small text at times. Oh! And she also encourages people to make the most of their time by reading while walking in the city, with no sense of the personal safety risk that this entails. The author also presumes that her readers have achieved a financial status where they can rent out a boat to read on the water, or can deliberately plan a night where they stay up until the wee hours reading and then call in sick to work the next day. One can excuse the first suggestion as being one that someone can take or leave based on their discretionary income and proximity to water, but the latter is unethical and insensitive. Why would someone who claims to be a therapist encourage someone to deliberately schedule a time when they lie to their employer and don't show up to work? Even if someone has the income and job security to do this, it is unethical and extremely disrespectful to their boss, coworkers, and clients. This book wasn't all terrible. I'm giving it two stars instead of one, because there are plenty of reflections and practical ideas in this book that are reasonable and fine, and I'm simply highlighting the worst and most ridiculous ones here. Still, I was extremely unimpressed with this book, and would not recommend it to anyone.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

    Explains what mindful reading is and gives examples and exercises of what you can do to get more from your reading. I enjoyed this book. It is short but there is so much there to think about. I also loved the feel of the pages. They are so smooth. I am finding reading nooks for the different places I read. This is a keeper that I will refer to throughout the years.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Bibliotherapist Ella Berthoud shows why reading is important for the brain, for personal health and what makes it a mindful experience. To be honest, I already practice a lot of the things that were mentioned in the book, really, a lot of them. But, even I took home a few things that I want to try out, like writing six word memoirs. I'd recommend this book to anyone who thinks they don't have enough time for reading, reading is boring, reading is a selfish past-time, but also to anyone who is an Bibliotherapist Ella Berthoud shows why reading is important for the brain, for personal health and what makes it a mindful experience. To be honest, I already practice a lot of the things that were mentioned in the book, really, a lot of them. But, even I took home a few things that I want to try out, like writing six word memoirs. I'd recommend this book to anyone who thinks they don't have enough time for reading, reading is boring, reading is a selfish past-time, but also to anyone who is an avid reader. Obviously, even avid readers can still gain something from this book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jarm Boccio

    For a small book, this read packs a plethora of advice. I never knew there were so many things you could do with a book — from the way you read, to the manner in which you document what you've read, to the places you can read — and everything in between. An perfect book for your bedside table. Savor a chapter a night and fall asleep with calming thoughts. A list of books mentioned are found in the back. Nice gift for a bibliophile you know! For a small book, this read packs a plethora of advice. I never knew there were so many things you could do with a book — from the way you read, to the manner in which you document what you've read, to the places you can read — and everything in between. An perfect book for your bedside table. Savor a chapter a night and fall asleep with calming thoughts. A list of books mentioned are found in the back. Nice gift for a bibliophile you know!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ann T

    Thank you Quatro - Leaping Hare Press and Netgalley for this ARC. I really enjoy this range of “Mindful” books and this was no exception. An enjoyable book helping the reader discover different or new opportunities for reading and how to get more out of their reading life.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kenneth Wade

    This is a neat concept, but it could have been better as an article rather than a book. Most of the ideas are repetitive or unnecessary. I ended up skim-reading some parts, which was admittedly unmindful of me.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Leanne

    I read this on my birthday in the library....one bibliophile reading the work of another. Her main message is in her title. Beautiful book to hold and view too.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Naomi

    Love to read a book about books and reading.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Albright

    This book is one that could have bothered me, given my general low opinion of works that support the spread of Buddhism. That said, the author, although she definitely deals with mindfulness and promotes doing yoga while reading, which is something one would expect of a New Age book, mostly manages to avoid overt calls for the practice of heathen spirituality while addressing the subject of how one is to be a thoughtful reader, aware that the books we read have an influence on us for good or for This book is one that could have bothered me, given my general low opinion of works that support the spread of Buddhism. That said, the author, although she definitely deals with mindfulness and promotes doing yoga while reading, which is something one would expect of a New Age book, mostly manages to avoid overt calls for the practice of heathen spirituality while addressing the subject of how one is to be a thoughtful reader, aware that the books we read have an influence on us for good or for ill, as the case may be. The author's goal is to encourage readers to read and reflect upon what is good literature, literature that engages our mind and encourages our spirit and that provides a proper example of how we should behave. This is an uplifting sort of reading that is easy to encourage and endorse, whatever perspective and worldview one brings to the task of reading. to be sure, this book has a lot to say about reading and the context of reading, and it is not likely that the reader will always appreciate everything that the author has to say, but all the same there is also the ability for the reader to pick and choose what elements of this book might be worth a try, which makes it a lot easier to appreciate. This book is a relatively short one at just under 150 pages, and it is divided into several chapters that have an interesting demonstration of interests. The book begins with an introduction and then a discussion of how it is that we can lose ourselves while reading a book (1). The author, of course, views this as a very good thing, as losing oneself is an important aspect of Buddhist thinking. After that the author reflects on various ways of reading, including the timing of reading and the sorts of material one is to read, including a special fondness for haiku (2). After that the author encourages the reader to read like a child, with an open mind for insight (3). This is followed by discussions on how one can share the joy of reading, whether that means to read with other people or to share one's books with other people, including in the joy of decluttering, something which a lot of books focus on (4). After this the author discusses the paradox of finding oneself in books (5) as well as putting down the book (6), since books are meant to be read and digested but eventually put down, and then there are suggestions for further reading, many of which I have, perhaps unsurprisingly, already read [1], as well as an index and acknowledgements. What does it mean to read in a mindful fashion? This can be a complicated task. For one, it involves being a thoughtful and intentional person when it comes to reading in the first place. Then there is the matter of reading with other people with whom we can discuss what we read with, and read while doing other activities that might put us in the mood to read better. Humorously enough, the author did not include a discussion of reading in the bathroom, which is the classic and obvious means of reading while doing something else and remaining particularly productive while doing an activity that is not glamorous but which needs to be done fairly often. The author also cares a lot, as might be expected, about the social and moral contexts of reading, including the issue of decluttering and creating a street library so as to bring the joy of reading to other people rather than hoarding books and knowledge as if it was something that needed to be scarce to be of benefit rather than to be spread as far and wide as possible. [1] See, for example: https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2019... https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2015... https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2016...

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    I have always loved to read and perhaps that is why the first few chapters of this book seemed frivolous. Berthoud stresses reading wherever and whenever you can. She suggests that reading is a special time and that you should: create a reading nook, sit in a tree and read, learn to read while walking, read the moment you wake, read at lunch, form a silent book club...just read. However the second part of the book deals with not just reading but truly enjoying what you are reading. I loved her c I have always loved to read and perhaps that is why the first few chapters of this book seemed frivolous. Berthoud stresses reading wherever and whenever you can. She suggests that reading is a special time and that you should: create a reading nook, sit in a tree and read, learn to read while walking, read the moment you wake, read at lunch, form a silent book club...just read. However the second part of the book deals with not just reading but truly enjoying what you are reading. I loved her concept of a 6 word memoir and of creating a Golden Treasury of special books that meant something. I have never heard of a bibliotherapist but am envious of the literary knowledge the position requires.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Beth Knight

    3.5 stars, rounded up.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dorothy

    Review pending - OWLs 2020 Care of Magical Creatures

  22. 4 out of 5

    Joe

    Short little book I checked out from my local library. Some practical ideas about pondering our reads. I enjoy books about books, so this was fun and a nice reminder why I read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Did you love reading when you were a child or a teenager? Do you find it hard to make the time to read now? This wonderful little book will help you to regain that love, and deepen your experience of reading. Ella Berthoud discusses how to discover what kind of reader you are, and provides several reading exercises to choose from. Research has shown that reading fiction is similar to meditation, so it is actually good for you! Ella Berthoud shows readers how to make it even more 'mindful'. First, Did you love reading when you were a child or a teenager? Do you find it hard to make the time to read now? This wonderful little book will help you to regain that love, and deepen your experience of reading. Ella Berthoud discusses how to discover what kind of reader you are, and provides several reading exercises to choose from. Research has shown that reading fiction is similar to meditation, so it is actually good for you! Ella Berthoud shows readers how to make it even more 'mindful'. First, she suggests that you decide what kind of reader you are - visual, aural or kinaesthetic, so that you can use your imagination to better effect. For example, I think that I am mostly a visual reader, so I like to imagine the details of scenes in my head, rather than actually acting it out. The exercises which Berthoud suggests include having a reading nook, so that you can settle down with a good book in your private place, learning poems off by heart, and re-reading beloved children's books. I also like her ideas about writing about a book in six words and keeping a book journal. A book treasury for favourite quotations, scenes and poems is another idea. Some of these exercises do seem like a lot of work, unfortunately, but they are worth it - I used to keep a Commonplace Book, another name for a book treasury and I remember loving it. If only I had kept it!Many famous people, including Vivien Leigh and Alec Guiness, have kept Commonplace Books. This lovely book is well-worth buying if you want to make your reading more mindful and enjoyable. I received this ebook from Net Galley in return for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Caoilo

    This book is written by Ella Berthoud a Bibliotherapist. Here she teaches us how to actually and digest books, perhaps in a way we have never done before. The book teaches us how reading mindfully will change how we experience reading. Through meditative reading technics and exercises, Berthoud gets us to reassess our reading habits. The Art of Mindful Reading may seem like a small book but every page has a goal and a reason. Berthoud uses knowledge and humour to show us just how little we take i This book is written by Ella Berthoud a Bibliotherapist. Here she teaches us how to actually and digest books, perhaps in a way we have never done before. The book teaches us how reading mindfully will change how we experience reading. Through meditative reading technics and exercises, Berthoud gets us to reassess our reading habits. The Art of Mindful Reading may seem like a small book but every page has a goal and a reason. Berthoud uses knowledge and humour to show us just how little we take in when we read. Not just about the meaning we take from books but also how we read, where we read, how our reading habits change from childhood and that we should return to those. I was immediately taken with this book. At once I could see what it was that Berthoud was hoping to achieve and I let her lead me there. Berthoud gives some great ideas for learning to immerse yourself into books. Particularly I enjoyed the ideas she gave for book nooks or free libraries. Though I did not take time to use the exercises in this book I quickly knew I would be buying a copy of this book for my self.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Trina

    The Art of Mindful Reading was a short, clear and encouraging book. It provided mindfulness practices during every state of the book, including ones to help the reader discover what kind of reader that they are. Berthoud creates exercises that encourage and accept that every book reader is different. The book is the perfect length to create a mindfulness practice, it goes into the right amount of detail to allow the reader to sit down and go through the whole book, or break it up over time, buil The Art of Mindful Reading was a short, clear and encouraging book. It provided mindfulness practices during every state of the book, including ones to help the reader discover what kind of reader that they are. Berthoud creates exercises that encourage and accept that every book reader is different. The book is the perfect length to create a mindfulness practice, it goes into the right amount of detail to allow the reader to sit down and go through the whole book, or break it up over time, building a mindfulness practice of reading from nothing. This book (and possibly the whole series) goes on my list of great mindfulness tools because it also gives some of the research behind why reading, mindfulness and especially mindful reading benefits the reader.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    First of all I really love that there is such a thing in this world as a bibliotherapist. This author brilliantly shows all of us, not just people who’ve lost their passion for reading, but all of us… How to be more present and engaged with whatever we are reading. She gives lots of practical suggestions as well as intriguing examples. It is beautifully written, and beautifully laid out and would make an excellent gift for any book lover in your life. Thanks to NetGalley, the author and publishe First of all I really love that there is such a thing in this world as a bibliotherapist. This author brilliantly shows all of us, not just people who’ve lost their passion for reading, but all of us… How to be more present and engaged with whatever we are reading. She gives lots of practical suggestions as well as intriguing examples. It is beautifully written, and beautifully laid out and would make an excellent gift for any book lover in your life. Thanks to NetGalley, the author and publisher for an advanced reading copy of this book in exchange for my honest review

  27. 4 out of 5

    Karthika Lakshmi

    My six word memoir for this book: Enjoy (re)reading books, enrich your life. I was looking for a book to help me get back onto track, to maintain focus while reading and at the same time deriving pleasure from it. This book has all the necessary tools and skills. My most favorite part is the six word memoir. I am super glad that I found this book and I will definitely check out the other book by the author.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Heather Bennett

    The Art of Mindful Reading is a delightful book with some nice exercises and stories. It is well written and I had no problem with the download.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sue Frances

    A beautiful book. Ideal for anyone who likes reading and for people who don't think they have enough time to read. I found it inspirational. A beautiful book. Ideal for anyone who likes reading and for people who don't think they have enough time to read. I found it inspirational.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alan D.D.

    I am amazed on how useful this book turned to be. It is filled with different tips, projects and ideas in order to get the most of your reading and to spread the love for books around you. Me likes!

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