Being a booklover, I just love reading cookbooks. I read them like a novel. At first, I only pick up cookbooks with pictures. I always thought... I had something to compare to when I finish making a recipe. Sad to say sometimes my version did not compare to the high-tech food photograph in the cookbooks. It was not until I was drawn to cookbooks without pictures. There are outstanding chefs and cooks that write poetically about their recipes and foods they are preparing. I got swept away with their descriptions, exotic foods they used and creative way they tie in cuisines and atmosphere. It became breath-taking the wording use as they prepare gorgeous recipes on a lovely lagoon a tropical fruit salad. You can even hear sounds of the rain forest in the background as you are preparing a baked papaya. Last, in a beautiful garden while making a delicious organic spring greens salad, you can visualize the flowers in bloom and taste the heavenly smells of herbs growing. When you read a recipe without a picture, the wordings become so alive. All your senses are working overtime. You can just smell the recipe cooking, taste its goodness and even visualize it without a picture. The cookbook author has created just the right ingredients of poetic words and descriptions to pull you in. Your mouth would be watering, and you cannot wait to try that recipe yourself. I hope you have the chance to wander in a library or bookstore cookbook sections. Pick a cookbook off the shelf with only a few pictures. Take just a moment to really get into the wording. You would see cookbooks in a new light. I am so sure you will.
1. Looking at the title on the spine to see if the title attracts you.
2. Pulling the book out off the shelf and looking at the cover. The book cover is a great selling point to make you want to read it or not.
3. Reading the synopsis to see if that interests you
4. Maybe a friend, teacher or another book... told you about the book
5. It's an author you just love
6. Maybe it's a book you read already but you want to read it again and again.
7. It's one in a series. Series are like potato chips you cannot eat just one.
8. The book was made into a movie. You watch the movie and you now want to read it in book form. The book to me is always better compare to a movie. That's my own opinion.
9. Maybe it's a subject that you are interested in. I love reading about books and bookstores so I go more for books on this topic.
I hope the 9 ways to choose a book to read will make you want to pick one one and fall in.
Reading so many romance novels throughout the years, it is not until I finally really fell in love…. that those books finally made since. I thought I understood them on intellectual level... but now I understand what love really is.... I have a deeper bond with those novels now. I feel I graduated. I now belong to the world of lovers. I can now relate what the authors were expressing through their characters. I cannot even think or breathe what happens when someone said to me before I fell in love or heard, “I love you” in romance novels. Finally after falling in love in real life, I can now relate, “I been there! I have been loved.” How awesome is that. Only warm thoughts linger now, as I turn another page, dreaming and thinking as warm memories fills me with unexplained happiness and joy. Amour…amour…amour…
When I worked at chain bookstores in our job description, we needed to read new releases so we could sell books. Their philosophy,” A bookseller who reads lots of books… sells more books.” One of the perks of working at a bookstore we had the chance to take out two new releases a week. By just leaving only the book covers and signing a paper we will return the books undamaged was all that was needed.I got hooked… I was addicted.
Problem for me at the time, I was going to school and trying to balance my books reading for work and schoolwork. I must admit I was struggling to make it work.
When I heard about a speed-reading course at a community college… I signed up. After taking the class, I later learned there was advantages and disadvantages on knowing how to speed read. You are probably thinking it would be a gift to speed read?
To me it is a gift and a curse. To this day, I cannot really enjoy a book as I once had. Sounds silly doesn’t it? I can go through a stack of books in just a short time scanning pages…reading first paragraphs and last paragraphs of each chapter. The first chapter and the last chapter of any book are the meat and potato of a book. They tell what the author is really trying to relate and what the whole book is all about.
The instructor said the middle of each chapter and the middle of the book is only fluff. You need to scan, look for highlighted works and bold statements and quickly find the meaning for each chapter until you get to the end of the book. Yes, you can do this with fiction too. Fiction scanning and looking for key topics and characters and moving quickly through the book.
The big exam at the end of the speed-reading class, you needed to go through ten books in one hour and answer the questions about each book. It was reading on steroids…I was daydreaming on how many books I could now read the thousands every year. So many books I now would have the gift to read them all in minutes.
Later, I started to regret it. When I pick up a book my speed reading took over. I couldn’t stop myself. I was speed reading through everything. I could not stop myself.In the beginning, it was fun, but it soon drained me. I was losing my love for reading.
It wasn’t until I came across one of my favorite author’s new book. I wanted to read every word. This author had such a poetic way of writing. I wanted to enjoy every morsel of the written word. It was a struggle. I fought with myself by taking off the speed-reading glasses and putting on the slow enjoyable ones instead.
I slowly got back to reading again.…it’s just I now need to stop myself from speed reading and just take the time to really enjoy the one book in front of me…without thinking I have a quota to reach. Quality not quantity. I just need to breathe and enjoy the written word as all authors intended.
If you are thinking about learning to speed read, take my advice and really ask yourself the following questions: what are your intention on learning to speed read? Do you need to read a lot of books in a short time? Would you prefer to just enjoy a book at your own time? Do you want to enjoy each word and description and enjoy what the author is putting across?
I hope this post opens your eyes about speed reading. Until the next post.
A Booklover's Thoughts: Touch Words and Have Them Touch You Back. To Experience The Written Word Without Sight
"There is a wonder in reading Braille, that the sighted will never know: to touch words and have them touch you back." Jim Fiebig, famous businessman. I just love this quote he wrote. I can relate a little (not to the degree of reading in braille, which I have always wanted to learn). When I lost my eyesight in one of my eye’s years ago. I could not read or do much of anything. That was the worst experience for me. When I finally got my eyesight back, I rejoiced. Everything was brighter and colors were so amazing. I could see and touch colors, when I only saw darkness when I was blind. That is why the Amazing Grace song makes me cry. Especially the verse…blind but now I can see. Reminds me of my dark days. Myself, before I lost my eyesight... I always took my eyesight for granted. It's not until something is taken away from you, you end up appreciating it a lot more. I suddenly come to the realization to enjoy everything even reading a stop sign, looking at love ones, nature, watching a sunrise, sunset...they are all precious gifts. So, take care of your eyes. After my small experience, I respect anyone who is blind. As the quote above expresses, they can experience things we who can see...cannot.
I just love strolling through bookstores, libraries or even my own personal library. Something about being surrounded by books…. makes me so relax and calm. Usually when I am having a stressful week.... I need to actually go to a bookstore or library setting.
I must admit I am usually drawn by all 5 when I am searching for a book to read. What Attracts You To a Book?
A. The Cover
B. The Title of the Book
C. The Author or Illustrator
D. The Synopsis
E. Recommended To Read It
Doesn't this question make you want to hop into your vehicle and go books shopping? It sure does me. I am a books lover through and through. I hope you get the bug as you visit my Rejoice Within Post. Until the next post. Books Ahoy!!!
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