Hot Reading Fun in the Summertime

Summer reading, books

There are still a couple of hardcopy magazines that I subscribe to and O The Oprah Magazine is one of them. While the digital versions are good, I have to admit at times I am still old school and love the idea and feel of flipping through a hard copy magazine or a good book. Each month O The Oprah Magazine features a section dedicated to recommended good reads and new releases. I love combing through those lists to see what books may pique my interest. This month there is a great section dedicated to What A Book Can Do that offers some excellent suggested reads.

Summer reading is an adventurous and educational leisure pursuit. During these scorching hot summer months, it’s time to grab some of your favorite books, retreat to your favorite nesting spot and read to your heart’s content. A book can transport you to a different world and transform the way you absorb, and explore the world of words.

So, what are you reading this summer?

Reading, Relaxation and Mental Health

Reading, Sleep, Mental Health, Books

If I ever had a problem sleeping, all I had to do, aside from drinking a cup of hot tea or taking a nice warm bath was to read. Did you know that reading is a great antidote to sleeplessness and great for mental health? According to research conducted by the University of Sussex, reading can reduce stress levels by 68%. Further research went on to note that reading works faster and better to calm frazzled nerves than drinking a cup of tea, going for a walk or listening to music.

Cognitive Neuropsychologist Dr. David Lewis who conducted this test stated: “Losing yourself in a book is the ultimate relaxation.” He goes on to say, “This is more than merely a distraction but an active engaging of the imagination as the words on the printed page stimulate your creativity and cause you to enter what is essentially an altered state of consciousness.”

Wow, there you have it! Another benefit and reason to grab a book, sit down and read. It is also suggested that we read from a hardcopy book versus that of a tablet for relaxation, due to the stimulating illumination from the screen of a computer, tablet or e-reader. As we continue to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month along with Better Sleep Month, let’s take this bit of advice and do more reading, because it is indeed good for our mental health, as well as a great sleeping aid.

Now, I understand the real reason why people read in bed. They had the right idea all along!

Book Bars: Read, Drink and Be Merry

The Bookshop Bar on Sukhumvit 38, Bangkok Bookstore Bar, Bookstore Bar

Although The Bookshop Bar on Sukhumvit 38 in Bangkok as shown is no longer in operation, the concept of this bookstore bar is absolutely artistic, whimsical and fabulous! Image source: http://www.bangkok.com/magazine/the-bookshop.htm

Even though many literary critics want to continue proclaiming that the traditional enjoyment of reading books, particularly hardcover or paperback books is passé, we are finding some amazing bars where people not only like to drink their favorite spirits but who also love to read. By combining these different forms of entertainment, socializing and/or relaxation, there are some fine establishments whose bartenders are mixing more than cocktails behind the bar.

Do you have a favorite watering hole or literary pub that integrates bookworms with bartenders? Tell us the name of your book bar and where it is located. Here are a few I found which received some very good reviews.

The Library Bar in Dallas
White Horse Trading Co., Seattle, Washington
The Wellesbourne in West Los Angeles
Hemingway’s Lounge in Hollywood
The Library Bar in New York City
The Laundromat Café in Reykjavik, Iceland
Books & Brews, Indianapolis, Indiana
Two Sisters Bar and Books in Hayes Valley, San Francisco
Spotty Dog Books and Ale in Hudson, NY
The Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar, Asheville, North Carolina
Hyperion Tavern in Silver Lake, Los Angeles
Book Bar in Lhasa, Tibet
Elements: Books Coffee Beer, Biddeford, Maine
The Cedars Social in Dallas
Library Bar, Los Angeles
The Bookstore Bar at The Alexis Hotel in Seattle
Hudson Bar and Books in New York City
Týnská Bar and Books in Prague
BookBar, Denver, Colorado
Portsmouth Book & Bar, Portsmouth, NH

Exploring Literary Destinations for Book Signings

Book Signing, Indie Booktore, Author Reading

Are you an author looking for locations to have a book signing? Are you willing to travel out of state? Well, thanks to Indie bookstores around the country, many of them are collaborating to lure and host more authors touring their city and state.

Sometimes, authors have a tendency to beat well-liked locations to the ground until the event is no longer special. It’s just an occurrence. As you work on your marketing plan for your book don’t forget to consider literary destinations outside your immediate geographical market.

Whether it’s a new book release or an author tour, be sure to have a sufficient amount of books at the targeted bookstore, and don’t forget to provide the location with sufficient collateral needed to advertise, and make a grand presentation to promote your book. You never know when visiting these venues, you just may garner new ideas and be inspired to expound on those ideas.

Remember Those Bookmobiles?

Mobile Library, Bookmobile, Books, Library On Wheels

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How many of you are old enough to remember the Bookmobile? These “Libraries on Wheels” were as much of a treat for us, as the ice cream truck playing it’s “Monkey Chased The Weasel” music that graced our neighborhood every weekend. Before BarnesandNoble.com, Amazon.com and many other digital book distributors, these mobile libraries fed our literary appetites by offering a variety of books from different genres! Do you have a favorite bookmobile memory that you’d like to share?

Mobile Library, Bookmobile, Books, Library On Wheels

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Although operating these vehicles are not as cost-effective as they used to be, they are still nonetheless utilized, modernized and remain a valuable asset to the community of readers who still love and appreciate their services.

Mobile Library, Bookmobile, Books, Library On Wheels

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Nikki Giovanni Poetry during Library Lover’s Month

Library, Books, Library Lover's Month

In celebration of Library Lover’s Month and Black History Month, we are spotlighting the following poem “My First Memory (Of Librarians)” by poet, Nikki Giovanni.

My First Memory (Of Librarians)
By Nikki Giovanni

This is my first memory:
A big room with heavy wooden tables that sat on a creaky wood floor
A line of green shades—bankers’ lights—down the center
Heavy oak chairs that were too low or maybe I was simply too short
For me to sit in and read
So my first book was always big

In the foyer up four steps a semi-circle desk presided
To the left side the card catalogue
On the right newspapers draped over what looked like a quilt rack
Magazines face out from the wall

The welcoming smile of my librarian
The anticipation in my heart
All those books — another world — just waiting
At my fingertips.