09-02-2018 10:53 AM
Recently I have noticed the types of books I typically like to read are impacting my sleep and my state of mind. I really like biographies or books about psychology /neuroscience/ behaviour. While I really find these interesting, I'm finding them to be too heavy to read, particularly at bed time.
I'm not usually into non-fiction and most seem to be intense too, so I set out to find a book where I could use my imgination to distract myself and have an interesting storyline, without being too heavy.
I decided to try Harry Potter books. OH MY GOODNESS - I'M IN LOVE! Not only have I not been able to put them down, but you feel like you're in another world.
I have seen the movies before, and they were okay, but I never thought I would actually enjoy the books!
I'd love to hear of other suggestions, if anyone has found something worth sharing!?
09-02-2018 11:21 AM
TTT is super into the Harry Potter books. Me, not so much. I ultra struggle to concentrate on reading ANYTHING which is super frustrating. When I was a kid, reading was very much my escape from the world and I would super like to be able to get back into the headspace to be able to use reading in that way.
My favourite book right now is this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADqon006eRY&t=8s
I've noticed lately how many books are read aloud on youtube - cool way to get free audiobooks (assuming you have a good internet plan).
09-02-2018 11:36 AM
I used to read a lot of books but also find it a struggle ton concentrate on books lately. I would read the same page again and again without taking it in.
I love biographies and used to read them the most. Ones like Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Nancy Wake. People who have changed the world for the better.
Have read all of Harry Potter too and loved them. There is a series called Gone by Michael Grant that is really good too.
I listen to audio books lately which I find easier. I hope one day I can get back to my books.
09-02-2018 12:44 PM
@NikNik I agree with your findings, both what I read and what I watch on tv can affect my dreams.
Recently, it's been very hard to concentrate on the content of a story, but I still read every day. I'm an avid reader and used to read anything I could get my hands on. I have become more discerning as I 've aged because too much real life stuff too often affects me negatively.
My latest enjoyments have included the forensic geneology titles by authors Steve Robinson, Nathan Dylan Goodwin and Stephen Molyneaux.
09-02-2018 01:26 PM - edited 09-02-2018 01:40 PM
@NikNik and all I highly recommend the following for pre-bedtime reading. They are young adult fantasy and sci-fi. I reckon it's the best night time reading, not too taxing but really interesting. Although they may make you cry.
In fact I recommend all young adult fiction as pre-bedtime reading.
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula le Guin
The Giver, by Lois Lowry
Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Paterson
Over sea, Under Stone, Susan Cooper
The Golden Compass, Philip Pullman
Obernewtyn, Isobelle Carmody
Rite of Passage, Alexi Pansin
Enders Game, Orson Scott Card
09-02-2018 01:39 PM
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09-02-2018 02:12 PM
Another thought, when the kiddies were still at school and my brain was mushed from the stress of uni study and all the family stuff, I really enjoyed time out with their Choose Your Own Adventure books, younger readers stuff, but very light and engaging when everything else was overwhelming.
Sometimes you just really need a total change of pace and like @Bubbles3 said, being able to enage in a different world in a book can be really good thing.
09-02-2018 07:55 PM
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