#483 – Books, More Books and a Book Giveaway

I love to read. I always have.

However, when I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, reading took on a new meaning. It was an escape from pain, taking me outside (of myself) to visit other places, people and events. This was especially important when I didn’t have the energy to physically get out and do the things I would have liked to do.

You can read about how reading helps with stress on Treasure Your Pleasure Reading.

Call me old-fashioned, but I love books – having them, looking at them, holding them and reading them. Even though an e-reader is easier on the hands, I still prefer the paperback version.

As it turns out, research is showing that your brain works differently when you read on paper than when you stare at your electronic device. (‘Fess up! You know you don’t blink that much when you read on the screen!)

There’s a physicality to reading a book that enhances cognitive processes. The fact that there is a weight and smell of a book makes it a more sensory experience. Corners, a left and right side all help to orient your place in the book. The act of turning pages and orienting oneself to the text serves to form a mental map of the text. For example, I’ll bet you are often able to recall the location of the information – first third of the book, bottom right side of the page. I know I am always surprised when I’m able to find the information I need or want.

In The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper Versus Screens, Anne Mangen from The University of Stavanger in Norway had this to say, “The ease with which you can find out the beginning, end and everything in between and the constant connection to your path, your progress in the text, might be some way of making it less taxing cognitively, so you have more free capacity for comprehension.”

The article does conclude by wondering if, over time, attitudes will adjust, and improvements to technology will change the way one reads and comprehends text.

In the meantime, my preferred method to read is with a book in hand, and a cup of tea or coffee at my side. So brew up that cuppa and review your book wish list, as by entering this giveaway you might be one read closer to that book you’ve been after!

The Abbotsford location of The Bookman with their neck-saving drawers.

The Abbotsford location of The Bookman with their neck-saving drawers.

I wrote about the neck-saving drawers at the delightful The Book Man shops in Abbotsford and Chilliwack, B.C. Well, today’s $15.00 gift certificate giveaway comes courtesy of The Book Man. If you can’t get to them, they do provide shipping. However, it’s worth carving time out of your day to make the trip to either – or both – The Book Man locations. This is a place with plenty of atmosphere, friendly staff, and let’s not forget those great drawers – in the store! 🙂

Here’s how to enter:

  1. To enter the giveaway, complete the following sentence: Books are______________________________.
  2. Entries must be received by midnight PDT, on Monday, September 30th, 2013.
  3. For extra entries to the draw, let’s get social:
    – On Twitter share the following: I just entered a #giveaway from @AuntieStress for a gift certificate for @ZeBookMan. Enter here: http://wp.me/p1OifR-1Op.
    – On Pinterest share a comment or repin the giveaway on my Giveaways Board.
  4. One winning entrant will be drawn from a hat. You will be notified via email. Your name will appear here, on Twitter and on Pinterest.

17 Responses to “#483 – Books, More Books and a Book Giveaway”

  1. your post was so on target for me! Reading is my favorite escape from all of the tedium and responsbility of RA! I do have an ereader though because it is lighter and easier for my hands to handle….but I sill read “real” books from time to time as well. great post! Nan

  2. Books are as essential as breathing.

  3. Books are so many things: fun, an escape to an exciting or exotic locale, a way of learning or expanding one’s horizons as well as just a pleasant “just for me” time that is relaxing and can be a form of important self-care.

  4. Books are to coffee as friends are to offline.

  5. Books are not screens 😉
    Loved your comments & thoughts, M!
    There are no substitutes for the real thing in my hand.

  6. Books are some of my best friends

  7. Books are silent friends… calming, renewing… vital!

  8. Books are a window into the past, present, and future.

  9. Books are an escape into another world.

  10. Books are…some of my best friends!

  11. Thanks to all of you who entered. Also a big thank you to The Book Man for making this giveaway possible.

    The winner … Lene Andersen! Congratulations!


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