Choose carefully what you read

On the same day I blogged about reading fatigue Matt Hosier also blogged on reading, which if you’re a bibliophile you should read. Reading is so important as a stimulus to your own thought and development that choosing carefully what you read is key. There are a number of traps that you can fall into and no doubt there are more: Trap 1. Reading only books that already agree with me. We need to stetch ourselves and see the world from another angle even if the conclusion we reach is…

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Book Review: Who Am I?

I get sent so many books and there are literally hundreds on my shelves that I want to read but haven’t yet got to, the pressure of the backlog sometimes kills the joy of reading. As a result I sometimes just pick the shortest book I can find, so I can read it quick and move on to the next one. The aim being to reduce the pile of unread books not enjoy the experience of reading. This book was one such choice. Bonhoeffer is a theological hero of mine,…

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Bibliophiliac?

It’s not a word I know – but what would you call someone addicted to buying books? Perhaps that what I am. I went to the small town of Wem today for a course and during the lunch break went to find the secondhand bookshop only to find it had closed down. I think I suffered withdrawal symptoms. Seriously (well not entirely seriously). Wikipedia seem to think I could have a problem. A pyschological disorder no less. Nah….really? So bibliophiliac or libriholic? Anyway I came across this post on Make…

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Does buying anti-consumerism books count?

I’ve just come back from a weekend with my wife’s family (her dad died a year ago) and on the way home we stopped at Booktown (aka Hay-on-Wye) for my annual pilgrimage. On a wet, windy January day on the Wales-England border browsing the shelves of secondhand bookstores is just heaven for me. Here is what I bought:Deuteronomy by Gerhard von RadThe Royal Road to Card Magic by Jean Huggard and Frederick BraueThe Business by Iain BanksThe Darwin Awards by Wendy NorthcuttShopped by Joanna BlythmanBono on Bono by Michka AssayasWho…

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