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#1 OFFLINE   LilBambi

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 03:47 PM

7 Unconventional Reasons Why You Absolutely Should Be Reading Books - HuffPost

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In a world of omnipresent screens, it can be easy to forget the simple pleasure of curling up with a good book. In fact, a recent HuffPost/YouGov poll of 1,000 U.S. adults found that 28 percent hadn't read one at all in the past year.

But the truth is that reading books can be more than entertainment (or a high school English assignment). A study released earlier this month suggests that enjoying literature might help strengthen your "mind-reading" abilities. The research,published in the journal Science, showed that reading literary works (though, interestingly, not popular fiction) cultivates a skill known as "theory of mind," whichNPR describes as the "ability to 'read' the thoughts and feelings of others."

And that's hardly the only way being a bookworm can boost your mind and well-being. Below, six more science-backed reasons to swap the remote for a novel.

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 03:54 PM

Between each day's new NSA revelations and issues keeping my computers running, I'm about ready to just give it all up and go back to the simpler pre-Internet days of computer-free living. That'll give me a lot more time to read. :yes:

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 05:23 PM

I don't think I would want to go that far.

I want to be able to have access to it all! I would not want to go totally back to pre-Internet times, just as I wouldn't want to go back to pre-indoor plumbing. ;)
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Posted 15 January 2014 - 07:41 PM

I've thought about it at times. I believe I could manage just fine without a computer or the Internet. I'll stick around for a while longer, though. ;)

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 07:51 PM

Reading a book is good to reduce stress/anxiety level. :thumbsup:
I highly recommend "Lost Horizon", by James Hilton or "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho.

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Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever. The Alchemist is such a book.
It certainly touched me.
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Posted 15 January 2014 - 07:58 PM

+1 for Lost Horizon. :yes:

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 09:27 PM

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and Lost Horizon by James Hilton are on my reading list.
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Posted 16 January 2014 - 06:29 AM

I'm halfway through this at the moment.

And the Mountains Echoed is the third novel by Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini.

It is a very engrossing read. :breakfast:
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Posted 16 January 2014 - 12:26 PM

Hmm... may have to have a looksee at that Alchemist fellow. :yes:

OK... just put it on a hold at my local library. I'm 3rd on the list with 3 available copies in the system; shouldn't have to wait too long.

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Posted 18 January 2014 - 01:04 AM

View Postabarbarian, on 16 January 2014 - 06:29 AM, said:

I'm halfway through this at the moment.
And the Mountains Echoed is the third novel by Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini.
It is a very engrossing read. :breakfast:
Might have to read that one.  His first novel, The Kite Runner was excellent; the movie was OK too.
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Posted 18 January 2014 - 01:23 AM

Just take a year off and read some novels written by the greatest English novelist ever.

Pickwick Papers
Oliver Twist
Nicholas Nickleby
David Copperfield
Bleak House
Hard Times
A Tale of Two Cities — my personal favorite as the greatest novel ever written
Great Expectations
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Posted 18 January 2014 - 10:13 PM

View PostWebb, on 18 January 2014 - 01:23 AM, said:

Just take a year off and read some novels written by the greatest English novelist ever.

Pickwick Papers
Oliver Twist
Nicholas Nickleby
David Copperfield
Bleak House
Hard Times
A Tale of Two Cities — my personal favorite as the greatest novel ever written
Great Expectations

I've read them all... and occasionally read them again from time to time.

Greatest English novelist? Myeh... matter of opinion. Great, yes. Greatest, I dunno' about that. :)

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Posted 19 January 2014 - 08:42 AM

Speaking of books, anyone want to buy a $23,698,655.93 book about flies?
http://www.michaelei...org/blog/?p=358
Also Money for nothing :shifty: :o
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Posted 19 January 2014 - 04:51 PM

I can get it used for $35. ;)

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 05:07 AM

the difference between books (not public school texts) and the internet is:
books have editors and sources cited. the vast majority of what is on the internet is worse than useless. anyone can write anything (wikipedia, for example) and people gobble it up believing it to be factual, truth.
encyclopedias are no longer published, er, printed.
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Posted 20 January 2014 - 06:17 PM

I saw it on the Internet. It's gotta' be true!

Americans are so gullible. :(

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 08:33 PM

View PostV.T. Eric Layton, on 20 January 2014 - 06:17 PM, said:

I saw it on the Internet. It's gotta' be true!
"You can never be sure if quotes on the internet are genuine." - Benjamin Franklin
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Posted 20 January 2014 - 09:42 PM

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 09:53 PM

View PostWebb, on 18 January 2014 - 01:23 AM, said:

Just take a year off and read some novels written by the greatest English novelist ever.

Pickwick Papers
Oliver Twist
Nicholas Nickleby
David Copperfield
Bleak House
Hard Times
A Tale of Two Cities — my personal favorite as the greatest novel ever written
Great Expectations
I liked all of those, but I would need a lot more than a year off to read them all in succession. Don't think that I could stomach that much Dickens in one marathon read.

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 11:11 PM

No. Reading any author one after another is actually a negative reading experience for me. The author's habits and idiosyncrasies that are entertaining in one book become boring, expected drudgery when you read many consecutive books by an author in a short time period. I can do two max. After that, I have to take a break and read something from someone else.

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 11:35 PM

You could alternate reading a Dickens novel, then a Vonnegut novel, then a Dickens novel, then a Vonnegut novel ...
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Posted 20 January 2014 - 11:40 PM

View PostWebb, on 20 January 2014 - 11:35 PM, said:

You could alternate reading a Dickens novel, then a Vonnegut novel, then a Dickens novel, then a Vonnegut novel ...
Kill me now!

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 12:06 AM

OK, throw in a Clancy novel every now and then.
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Posted 21 January 2014 - 12:10 AM

View PostWebb, on 21 January 2014 - 12:06 AM, said:

OK, throw in a Clancy novel every now and then.
From bad to worse!
Give me some Asimov, just not the entire Foundation series all at once.
Give me some classic A. C. Clarke, HAL, for the love of God.

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 12:59 AM

I have alternated Dickens and his friend Wilkie Collins before. That was interesting.





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