Stop What You're Doing and Read This!

Stop What You re Doing and Read This A mission statement about the transformative power of reading about the way it inspires us the tangible impact it can have on our wellbeing the importance it holds for us now and will continue to ho

  • Title: Stop What You're Doing and Read This!
  • Author: Carmen Callil Mark Haddon Michael Rosen Zadie Smith Jeanette Winterson Blake Morrison Maryanne Wolf Tim Parks
  • ISBN: 9781446484807
  • Page: 383
  • Format: ebook
  • A mission statement about the transformative power of reading about the way it inspires us, the tangible impact it can have on our wellbeing, the importance it holds for us now and will continue to hold in the future.In any 24 hours there might be sleeping, eating, kids, parents, friends, lovers, work, school, travel, deadlines, emails, phone calls, Facebook, Twitter, theA mission statement about the transformative power of reading about the way it inspires us, the tangible impact it can have on our wellbeing, the importance it holds for us now and will continue to hold in the future.In any 24 hours there might be sleeping, eating, kids, parents, friends, lovers, work, school, travel, deadlines, emails, phone calls, Facebook, Twitter, the news, the TV, Playstation, music, movies, sport, responsibilities, passions, desires, dreams.Why should you stop what you re doing and read a book People have always needed stories We need literature novels, poetry because we need to make sense of our lives, test our depths, understand our joys and discover what humans are capable of Great books can provide companionship when we are lonely or peacefulness in the midst of an overcrowded daily life Reading provides a unique kind of pleasure and no one should live without it.In the ten essays in this book some of our finest authors and passionate advocates from the worlds of science, publishing, technology and social enterprise tell us about the experience of reading, why access to books should never be taken forgranted, how reading transforms our brains, and how literature can save lives In any 24 hours there are so many demands on your time and attention make books one of them.Carmen Callil Tim ParksNicholas Carr Michael RosenJane Davis Zadie SmithMark Haddon Jeanette WintersonBlake Morrison Dr Maryanne Wolf Dr Mirit Barzillai

    One thought on “Stop What You're Doing and Read This!”

    1. Not bad - an interesting collection of essays on the art and act of reading, and on the necessity of literature. If it's meant to convince you that reading is essential, it's preaching to the choir: I don't know that many of the people who read this book would be inclined to disagree with the pronouncements. I had to smile and shake my head at Carmen Callil's vehement disapproval of the ebook. "Reading a book on a Kindle or an Ipad is all very well - in fact it is better than all very well, it i [...]

    2. This book contains ten essays by authors, publishers and other passionate advocates of reading, all giving reasons why reading is important - if not essential - in our lives. It talks about the thousands of children in our country who cannot read and write with competence and those who rarely read outside of the classroom. The parents who do not read to their children, the homes which do not have books. Assuming you are browsing books on suggests you are a reader, whether devoted or casual, but [...]

    3. This is a book of essay extolling the virtues of reading. They are by writers, publishers and scientists writing about their personal experiences with books, of their beliefs about the benefits of reading, and of the scientific evidence about what the act of reading does to our brains. The introduction says that;This year (2011) we learnt that there are many thousands of children across Britain who cannot read competently, that there are thousands who leave primary school unable to put together [...]

    4. A book of 10 British authors and their essays on the experience and love of reading. Some of these were quite good (Zadie Smith, Mark Haddon, Jeanette Winterson), some were terribly scientific and boring. Throughout the book, though, I found little nuggets that I could relate to, and realize there are others who feel the same way I do when I read. I would love to say that reading possessed some of the special powers it is often claimed to possess, not least the ability to soothe the troubled min [...]

    5. Thought the last essay was very good at addressing e-reading and reading in the 21st century. Vs most of the other essays which simply eschewed electronic devices as reading's nemesis. Though all of the essays were well written and interesting in their own ways they had a beef. And it was the Kindle. Which is ironic because I read this bad boy on Kindle. Thus feeling a stab of guilt, as though I were cheating on books, or the literary community, throughout.Loved all the brain science stuff. I al [...]

    6. This was really more like a 2.5-star read, especially toward the end. This is a non-fiction book containing essays by authors all about reading. Over half the authors were unknown to me and their essays were the most boring. Part of that may have been due to the fact that they're unknown to me but a lot of it was because many of them talked about more of the scientific aspects of reading, rather than how reading has affected their lives in more personal ways. I was expecting personal vignettes, [...]

    7. Updated review 31 March 2016:Two different occasions you have to read this book on: - If u r a reading-aholic feeling that no one understands how much u love reading! - If u stopped reading for a while and u needed some enthusiasm to go back on track! In sum, it is the best illustration of Bibliomania, people like us, explaining why we love reading & books, and how they make us alive!

    8. Fijn knus boekje, een tikje te lyrisch soms over het feest van het boek lezen, maar toch vooral een manier om in contact te komen met je oorspronkelijke motivatie om en het genot van boeken te lezen. Mocht je het ooit kwijtraken, lees dan dit boek. Ik heb alle basic argumenten uit het boek gedestilleerd en op een rij gezet, in willekeurige volgorde. Misschien heeft iemand er ooit nog aan om het sluiten van een bibliotheek te voorkomen of iets:Waarom boeken en bibliotheken? * om op te kunnen sche [...]

    9. Stop What You're Doing and Read This! I did, but not from a sense of duty or obedience. It was a time-out sunny afternoon. This is an expertly written (as would be expected from the authors contributing) collection of essays on the experience, love and importance of reading. I particularly enjoyed those by Zadie Smith, Blake Morrison, Tim Parks, Jeanette Winterson and Nicholas Carr (although I've never read anything else by these writers). There are some interesting tasters on the psychology/neu [...]

    10. This book was a collection of essays about the importance of reading. Several of the essays focused on the ideas of reader-response theory, assuming that books are special because of the ways they engage each reader's individual imagination. One thoughtful essay speculated that we are on the verge of a paradigm shift as momentous as the historical shift from oral tradition to literacy in the transition to the digital age. Mostly, these essays felt like curiosities to me. I agree that reading is [...]

    11. Some interesting (and one or two annoyingly snobby) essays about the importance and pleasure of reading. I find the aim of the collection a bit confusing though, as for me they were preaching to the choir, but surely the LAST thing someone who didn't like reading would pick up is a book of essays

    12. I liked it. Essays about reading. It tells me nothing I don t know about the importance of it but sometimes is nice to read perceptions from other people that thinks literature is a way of life. One quote: This is what books - the best books - give us: a lifeline, a reason to believe, a way to breathe more freely".

    13. I think the subject matter and some of the stronger essays (Jeanette Winterson, Zadie Smith) make me give this a higher rating than what I was left with. I loved reading about how reading changes lives. I love the discussion surrounding our ideas about literature. However, one gripe I take with a couple of the writers in this book probably stems from it being a product of its time, which is to say published in 2011. Ebooks were still a fairly new product and there is a lot of techophobic hostili [...]

    14. Dashed through this and will return after I have read a few of the referred to authors and works. Need track down who all the writers of the articles were as some were clearly skilled and had such interesting lives. Useful book if you need some inspiration to get back into reading.

    15. A collection of essays by various writers about their love of reading, poetry and literature. I was definitely drawn into reading this by the cover.

    16. Essays by leading authors and researchers and promoters of reading about the importance of reading and books. I would probably not have bought this if it hadn't been for the bookless state I was in, facing a two-hour train journey, and totally uninspired by the selection of books at the station bookshop. There seemed to be a choice between thrillers, romance and Dutch literature which I will probably borrow from the library or stumble across at a BookCrossing meeting. As a BookCrosser, when you' [...]

    17. So many books, so little time" (Frank Zappa). I take every possible opportunity to read, and often get lost in these fictional worlds. The majority of the time I even find myself comforted by simply being around books- you can imagine what my bedroom must look like :). A question I have always found myself asking is: "Why books? Why is reading a fictional story written by someone, somewhere in the world, so enjoyable for me?" To seek an answer to my question, my obvious response was "I'll read a [...]

    18. “Stop what you’re doing and read this” is a collection of contributions by authors and people somehow related to the world of books in which they tell us about the experience of reading, why access to books should never be taken for granted, how reading transforms our brains and how literature can save lives. Although I liked some contributions better than others (one or two were just too scientific and boring), I liked the idea of this book, loved reading it and found it interesting to se [...]

    19. You can listen too: here:O)Couldn't find the theme tune but this one fits neatlyblurb - Passionate, funny, revelatory and inspiring, this series is a mission statement about the transformative power of reading; about the way it inspires us, the tangible impact it can have on our well-being and the importance it holds for us now and will continue to hold in the future. Stop What You're Doing And Read This! features five of our finest authors and advocates from the world of publishing. Michael Ros [...]

    20. Feeling sluggish about reading? this book will remind you the importance of being immersed in the wonderfulness of the imagined world. With stories, essays from authors and related industries, Stop What You're Doing and Read This is a collection which spans from how one starts to read, how reading impacts his/her life to the science of reading. I find it especially crucial to be reminded about how to read, to savor the choice of words, the pictures authors paint for readers, when modern technolo [...]

    21. Is it ironic that I couldn't really stop what I was doing in order to read this?This little essay collection does hold a few gems; lovely and accurate descriptions of how a book can impact a life – and how a life can impact a book. Zadie Smith's essay on libraries was beautiful (even though I had read it before in "The Library Book", Mark Haddon's description of his discovery of books was touching and Jane Davis' essay explaining The Reader Organisation was both important and enlightening. How [...]

    22. Books made up of essays by different authors inevitably mean the reader will like some better than others. Each author gave a thoughtful and personalised view of why reading fiction is so important. For me the best essays were found towards the beginning and end of the book - Zadie Smith, Jane Davis, Jeanette Winterson (as always) and Nicholas Carr inspired me most but others will have different favourites. The essays look at reading from many different angles. The essays tackle the role of the [...]

    23. I had to read this book for book club, and its a book that I wouldn't pick up and read myself. Its a book of short stories, and when I looked at the contents and saw Mark Haddon and Michael Rosan I skipped all the other authors to read their oppinion of reading. Also it take's me a while to get to like a new author sometimes I like their writing style and carry on reading it, or sometimes I dont like their writing style and just give up. The interesting remark people was questioning at book club [...]

    24. A book of essays about books and reading. I was attracted by some of the contributing authors: Blake Morrison, Zadie Smith, Jeanette Winterson, Carmen Calill, Michael Rosen. I enjoyed the way there were subtle but sometimes important differences in what each had to say. There were some worthwhile things said about the difference between a physical book and an electronic device which went beyond the knee-jerk.I was disappointed by Jeanette Winterson's silly, cruel and ignorant dismissal of Attent [...]

    25. Very few of the essays in this book really stood out for me. Considering most of the authors are professional writers, i felt they did a pretty poor-to-average job of capturing the unique joy of reading we bookworms experience. Some of the essays focused on the author’s childhood and experience with books and reading as they grew up. A few included another focus, instead of the simply enjoyment reading brings, some chose to highlight how vital the ability is, how access to books is key. And th [...]

    26. I really enjoyed these essays overall! Some of them were absolutely WONDERFUL, and the rest ranged from middlingly good to pretty damn great. That said: there was way too much fearmongering about the digitization of the book publishing industry in the latter half of this book. The final essay redeemed that point a bit, by pointing out that nobody can know how digitized novels will affect future generations until it happens, but a few other essays had a biiiit too much "NOTHING CAN COMPARE TO THE [...]

    27. A good selection of essays generally propounding the benefits of literacy and libraries. The best were the essays that were not trying to be polemic, but put across the author's experience especially the Zadie Smith, Mark Rosen and Mark Haddon essays, which were excellent (they usually used a story to tell their story).The Jeanette Winterson essay was good, but having read quite a few of her essays, there was nothing new in it. The final essay by Dr Maryanne Wolf & Dr Mirit Barzillai was int [...]

    28. Hard to rate this collection, since a few of the essays are exceptional while others weren't. On the whole, this is an important book probing the positive affects reading has on individuals and society. The papers also ruminate over what the loss of reading may mean to culture and the next generation. Some of the reviews of this collection are confused; this book is not about the pitfalls of e-readers and technology. The authors are lovers of literature, not print, and their intention is to rous [...]

    29. This is so nice. It reminds you of what makes reading so great and important and in moments of doubt I've picked this up and been completely convinced that I need to read more - and I think I'm actually one of tha ones who do read a lot.That's the only sad part, I don't think it acutally reaches the ones that don't read which is what it's mostly intended for But other than that there are some really interesting essays about reading and the experiences and significance reading has. So yeah, stop [...]

    30. All the essays were well written and interesting, but Jeanette Winterson's and Mark Haddon's stood out to me.‘Library Life’ by Zadie Smith‘Twelve Thoughts About Reading’ by Blake Morrison‘True Daemons’ by Carmen Callil‘Mindful Reading’ by Tim Parks‘The Right Words in the Right Order’ by Mark Haddon‘Memories and Expectations’ by Michael Rosen‘The Reading Revolution’ by Jane Davis‘A Bed. A Book. A Mountain.’ by Jeanette Winterson‘The Dreams of Readers’ by Nichol [...]

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