The Art of Mindful Reading: Embracing the Wisdom of Words

The Art of Mindful Reading: Embracing the Wisdom of Words

by Ella Berthoud

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The healing power of reading has been renowned since Aristotle; focus, flow and enlightenment can all be discovered through this universal act.

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.

Bibliotherapist Ella Berthoud asks if reading is our daily nourishment how best should it be consumed? How should you read mindfully? And why will reading mindfully help you to read better?

She explores how reading mindfully can shape the person you are, give you your moral backbone, and teaches empathy with others. Through meditative exercises, engaging anecdote, and expert insight, she reveals the enriching potential of reading for mindfulness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781782408109
Publisher: Leaping Hare Press
Publication date: 06/06/2019
Series: Mindfulness series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 316,215
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Ella Berthoud is a bibliotherapist at the international School of Life, prescribing literary cures to readers everywhere. She is the author of The Art of Mindful Reading and co-author of The Novel Cure and The Story Cure, and read English literature at Cambridge University. Ella 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.

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The Art of Mindful Reading: Embracing the Wisdom of Words 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
LawladyCase 4 months ago
This is a good book that teaches us how to get more out of reading. The suggestions provided are easy to do with little or no cost. Contrary to what the title may seem, the goal is not speed reading or note taking but offers good substantive ideas such as: Creating a reading nook, inside or out. Read where you won’t be disturbed. Be mindful of everything around you when taking a walk. Practicing mindful while writing, beginning with your name. There are other discussions about listening to audiobooks while doing other activities; Giving yourself permission to abandon a book after 50 pages; and sharing your reading. I enjoyed tidbits about comfort reads. The author suggested to create food from recipes found in the book you are reading. One of the most loved ideas was not to close a book and immediately move onto another one. Take time to bask in the world you recently left. I received an ARC from Quarto Publishing through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion or rating of this book.
January Gray 6 months ago
I could not finish this. Very dull and boring. I did not find it interesting at all. Perhaps it's better suited as a tool in a clinical environment.
diane92345 8 months ago
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.
CharJones2525 9 months ago
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