Recently on my Tumblr, I got the following feedback on my Reading Method.
I usually read 4 books at once and always thought there was something wrong with me but I just read your reading method page and realized that since I've been reading like this I've been finishing books faster and enjoying them more. I never realized that the reason I was reading so many at once was because of where I was and how I was feeling when I started each...

 thatbooksmell
I, of course, had one of those floaty moments! Here is how I replied:
OMG, I think I just teared up a little! YES! I’ve read a lot of articles about “the best way to read” that say “concentrate on one book at a time, don’t get distracted and you’ll finish books faster.” I find the EXACT OPPOSITE to be true, when I have multiple books going, I actually finish them FASTER because I don’t burn out on any one book. So glad that’s been your experience too!!! *Happy Dance*
 
 
“Fiction, Dr. Oatley notes, “is a particularly useful simulation because negotiating the social world effectively is extremely tricky, requiring us to weigh up myriad interacting instances of cause and effect. Just as computer simulations can help us get to grips with complex problems such as flying a plane or forecasting the weather, so novels, stories and dramas can help us understand the complexities of social life.”

 -ANNIE MURPHY PAUL

The Neuroscience of Your Brain on Fiction - NYTimes.com
 
 
So, the news broke today that Amazon has bought the largest book community on the web, Goodreads, which is also the lifeblood of my reading life. My first thought, as someone who works in the digital world, was "REALLY smart acquisition on the part of Amazon." They just bought the attention of 16 million of the most avid readers in the world. My next thought as someone who watched Apple buy and destroy my favorite music service LaLa in 2009, was "AMAZON BETTER NOT MESS WITH MY GOODREADS." 

My reaction now is somewhere in between. I don't believe it will turn out to be in Amazon's best interests to destroy Goodreads. Apple bought what they saw as a competitor (LaLa), while Amazon is buying Goodreads in a bid to increase their social footprint around books. Might they mess with the Goodreads formula? Potentially. But I'm in a wait and see mode. The hysteria I'm hearing from my book blogging compatriots who are threatening to close their Goodreads accounts seems premature and reminiscent of EVERY SINGLE TIME FACEBOOK HAS A SLIGHT DESIGN CHANGE.

Am I somewhat concerned at Amazon's potential monopoly on the book world? Sure. Total monopoly always has a negative effect. Do I think their purchase of Goodreads is the straw that will tip the world into READING APOCALYPSE? No. I'm personally looking forward to being able to rate my e-books straight from my Kindle and having my Goodreads account automatically update my e-book reading progress.

For everything else, I will be keeping a cautious but intensely fascinated eye on all developments!
 
 
“According to 2012 data from publishing industry analysts Codex Group, less overtly explicit covers in fact have a wider appeal among general readers.”--BBC News - The battle against ‘sexist’ sci-fi and fantasy book covers

And also why I prefer to read romance novels on my Kindle : /

 
 
“The reason the book focuses on librarians, not on libraries, is that it’s the people in them that make something happen. I predict that the future is going to be fewer libraries and more librarians. The facility is transitioning from places where librarians do their work and to places where communities meet and gather. The physical space is simply where the librarians sit. The electronic medium is where they can research and read.”

R. David Lankes, Library Futurist talking about his book, The Atlas of New Librarianship

The Futurist Interviews Librarian Futurist David Lankes | World Future Society

 
 
The words that spoke to me this week.

“But luxury has never appealed to me, I like simple things, books, being alone, or with somebody who understands.”—Daphne du Maurier

“Once a little boy sent me a charming card with a little drawing on it. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters — sometimes very hastily — but this one I lingered over. I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, “Dear Jim: I loved your card.” Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said, “Jim loved your card so much he ate it.” That to me was one of the highest compliments I’ve ever received. He didn’t care that it was an original Maurice Sendak drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it.”—Maurice Sendak 

“Right now I’ve got just two rules to live by. Rule one: don’t taunt elephants. Rule two: don’t stand next to anybody who taunts elephants.”— Sergeant Schlock by Howard Tayler in The Tub of Happiness

 
 
“If e-books are the asteroid hitting this planet, small independent bookstores are the ones most likely to come out the other side”—-Michael Tamblyn, CCO of Kobo

The novel resurgence of independent bookstores - CSMonitor.com

 
 
“Libraries can also help raise questions. They can help learners see the connection between some problem and some new area of investigation. If we just understand the simple notion that people are most likely to take a deep approach when they are trying to answer questions or solve problems that they regard as important, intriguing, or beautiful, then we can imagine lots of ways in which libraries can play an essential role.”

--“Why Libraries Are The Best Places To Learn,” Annie Murphy Paul’s interview of Ken Bain, author of What The Best College Students Do
 
 

5 Stars - Now one of my favorite books

4 Stars - I loved it

3 Stars - I liked it

2 Stars - I disliked it

1 Star - I HATED IT

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“We have transitioned from a time where information was scarce and precious to today where information is vast and readily available, and in many cases, free.

 People who in the past visited libraries to find specific pieces of information are now able to find that information online. The vast majority of people with specific information needs no longer visit libraries. However, others who read for pleasure as example, still regularly patronize their local library."

—Futurist Thomas Frey

Source: Futurist Speaker Thomas Frey - The Future of Libraries | DaVinci Institute

 

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