I just finished reading The Art of Mindful Reading: Embracing the Wisdom of Words (Mindfulness series), by Ella Berthoud, a book that aims to make you a better reading by leaving you comfort zone and focusing way much more on the books you read. It has been a long time since I stayed up late in the night and got lost in my inner world because of a book, and honestly I don’t regret putting some responsibilities behind. I wasn’t expecting so much magic in such a short book!
The author gives the readers different steps and options in order to get to know themselves better as readers, how to get the most of their reading time and how to enjoy it even more. We all agree that getting a book is one of the best escapes, I myself do it with any I can get no matter the genre or the author, yet The Art of Mindful Reading makes you see things under a different point of view and try doing them in a different way.
Writing on books, reading in unusual places, giving different formats a chance, and even cutting books in pieces (I’m still trying to accept this as an option, by the way; little to no progress, in case you want to know) are some of the strategies Ella Berthoud proposes in order to read not only faster but more comfortable, all in order to enjoy our time and be able to remember with more details each of the books we read.
Along with it, The Art of Mindful Reading also includes strategies to develop a basic writing practice, journaling prompts and ideas to share the joy of reading with others, such as how to start a street library or a book or reading club. There are so many projects that you could create more based on the guidance of the author, and I’m sure that’s exactly what she would be expecting after finishing this book.
Ella Berthoud also has an informal style that makes you go page after page not noting the hours passing by, and how all the other responsibilities are left behind. By the way, this is another of the ideas she gives in her book: being irresponsible and focus solely on our reading, and I couldn’t agree more with her. There are times when all you need is to escape from reality, from deadlines, tasks and homework.
The Art of Mindful Reading also helps you to become that book-loving child that just discovered reading through simple methods and tips. Although we are all adults now and need to adjust our time, the authors urges us to remember why we started reading in the first place, focus on that and alter our daily routine so not to lose it, or if we already did, to recover such a pleasure. I already feel rejuvenated, and am eager to start re reading my favorite childhood and adolescence novels.
If you like books on any level, read this one. If you want to improve your reading process, read this one. If you aim to become a writer, read this one. Ella Berthoud touches all the right topics in The Art of Mindful Reading: Embracing the Wisdom of Words, a book I’m sure we will revisiting after finishing it for the first time.
About the Book:
Print Length: 144 pages
Publisher: Leaping Hare Press (June 4, 2019)
Publication Date: June 4, 2019
About the Author
Ella Berthoud is a bibliotherapist at the international School of Life, prescribing literary cures to readers everywhere. She is the author of The Art of Mindful Reading and co-author of The Novel Cure and The Story Cure, and read English literature at Cambridge University. Ella regularly gives talks on reading ailments and mindful reading at bookstores and festivals across the UK. She lives with her family in West Sussex, England.
About the Reviewer
Bader Saab is a digital journalist and solitary, eclectic witch interested in the darker side of magic and divination. Besides reading and writing, Bader also enjoys studying the Gothic subculture, which he belongs to, learning new languages and making endless lists of movies, music and the like. He can be found on Instagram as @saab.bader.