I'm terrible about "setting the mood" for reading. I'd like to develop a ritual or create an environment (at home) that will invite me to ignore all other distractions, curl up with my books and read. So, how do you stage your home reading environment? Do you have pre-reading rituals to get you in the mood? [more inside]
When studying, how do you find a balance between obsessively picking through every little detail to the point of burnout and falling back on a definition of "good enough" that really isn't good enough? I would especially be interested in suggestions for a context where there is a lot of reading thrown at you with little structure, like graduate or medical school. Any suggestions on how to structure such material without wasting time or burning out?
I'm looking for a book to read at night while I'm camping tonight that feels like the video game, Alan Wake. Looking for something with a spooky feel, dark, more psychological than horror.
At times I have really enjoyed the popcorny thrillers of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (e.g., The Relic or Still Life with Crows) but over time, they've gotten so dumb (and formulaic) that I can't really stomach any more. Can you give me some suggestions for similarly tense, page-turning fare, whether natural or supernatural; ideally, high-tension, low gore, and I shouldn't be groaning over plot stupidities every other page.
Hi MetaFilter, I'm looking for book recommendations for my little brother who is 12 years old. Other questions seem to be about book recommendations for 8-12 year old children who read ABOVE their grade level. My brother doesn't really enjoy reading all that much, and reads, in my opinion, below his grade level. [more inside]
What are some fun genre books set in Prague and Budapest? I'm going on vacation there soon and would like to get in the mood beforehand and also have a few things to read while traveling. Any genre, mystery, thriller, ya, romance...literary is fine as long as it's fairly accessible. Thank you!
I try to reduce blue light at night and am looking for an LED reading light that has a warm color. [more inside]
Recommend to me books about Malaysia, its history, politics, culture and society. [more inside]
I'm looking for absorbing newer fiction in two genres: 1) young adult fantasy and 2) 'literary' with female protagonists (for example Room, the Secret Life of Bees, anything by Alice Munroe). Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
I'm publishing a chapbook of poems this month, and I'd like to do a short reading when I visit the SF Bay Area at the beginning of August. I'm looking for a small, intimate venue where I can host this public event. [more inside]
I hate everything on my Nook/Kindle/iBook shelves. I have the newest Judy Blume and Stephen King and gave up after a few pages of each. Same for three other books in half hour span. I have a feeling the solution is to do something besides read for a day or two and come back, but I love reading. If you've read something good recently, let me know? [more inside]
I need something chapter-by-chapter or so to read online/in e-mail after I finish Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality. Special snowflake requirements within. [more inside]
How can I consolidate my collections of notes and annotations on decades of reading, so I can find what I've read and what it was about? [more inside]
I currently work such long hours that I don't have much time to read. I can't read the types of books that I normally would want to - literary fiction - because I am too exhausted to really concentrate at night and I just don't have the time. I also don't want to be stuck in a 400 page novel for 3 months. details inside [more inside]
What is the best/yourfavorite bedside/bathroom book? [more inside]
I'm a native English speaking ESL tutor in Taiwan. I've recently been hired to teach a 5.5 year old (social studies and reading.) His parents are insisting that he read from books aimed at 9-12 year old native speakers. This kid is bright, but his reading comprehension is nowhere near a native speaking kid 5 years older than him. I don't have any formal training in teaching young kids and only about a year of job experience but this seems like a terrible idea. What are arguments I can use to convince the parents to give him material that is more in line with his abilities? [more inside]
After reading the first two books in the Narnia series and realizing not everything from my childhood is going to hold up, I'd like to solicit recommendations. [more inside]
Searching for stuff about news for teens tends to get, well, news stories about teens or teeny-bopper mags. Please tell me about a good online news site aimed at teens that covers stuff like politics, the economy, international relations, etc. Does it exist? Teachers or librarians, can you help? [more inside]
Help me experience the reading I missed out on as a child. [more inside]
tau_ceti and I are leaving for a vacation in Spain this week, hitting Madrid/Basque Country/Barcelona. We're looking for recommendations of stuff to read on our Kindles about the history, culture, geology, etc of regions we might be driving through. Ideas? [more inside]
I was a reluctant reader. My parents managed to get me to "level up" my reading to chapter books with a single-volume collection of several short stories that got progressively longer and more difficult as the book progressed. I want to order some for my school library if this concept is still a thing, but what do you even call this format/genre? And do you have any good suggestions? [more inside]
I'm interested in existential psychotherapy. What are the most accessible for the layperson texts out there about it?
I would love to locate a book I read around age 10-12 that I'd checked out of the library, probably from the kids' section. It was kind of sci-fi-ish in that the plot centered on a man who, for some reason I can't recall, checks out of human society and goes on longer and longer expeditions in his one-man submarine. [more inside]
What should I know about running an online book club? [more inside]
I've read myself to sleep all my life, and have been using various e-readers for over ten years (currently using FBreader on a Nexus 5). Books and e-readers have manual page-turning, so picking up from where I fell asleep is trivial. Is there an audio reader app that can use manual paging? [more inside]
I want my family and friends to better understand what I'm going through when I'm depressed and/or anxious. Are there good books (fiction or nonfiction) that explain what being clinically depressed is like? [more inside]
I'm going to be spending almost two months in Tuscany, and I want reading material. But I'm picky. Book recommendations for the traveling jaded literary snob? [more inside]
Who are some actually-radical feminists and what (and where) are they writing these days? [more inside]
I love to read and have been a quick reader in the past. However, since I've dealt with so much anxiety/depression/PTSD the past few years, my ability to finish a book has suffered greatly. I frequently pick up books and abandon them even if I like them. Now that I'm feeling better and able to function more, I want to finish some of the books that have been on my list for ages. Does anybody have suggestions for rebuilding a reading habit? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
We're going on a plane trip and I'm looking for light humorous reading for my 12 year old bookworm. [more inside]
How can I read more about life in countries other than the USA? [more inside]
Mac McClelland's Irritable Hearts: A PTSD Love Story is kind of changing my life. What else can I read that touches on similar issues? [more inside]
I'm looking for a short reading for our wedding that we can ask an athiest friend of ours to read. Other portions of the ceremony will contain religious elements, but we don't want to ask him to read anything that might make him feel uncomfortable or awkward. [more inside]
Which oral histories should I add to my reading list? [more inside]
I'm always delighted when reading to discover that an author has subtly written their books into the same quasi-real-life universe. Help me find more examples! [more inside]
What is the equivalent of Halberstam's The Children for the American feminist movement of the late 60's and early 70's? [more inside]
I'd like to learn some more vocabulary to describe nature and architecture for my writing. I love elaborate descriptions in 19th century literature, but I have no idea about the names of most flowers and trees, and I have no idea how to describe various types of architectural in anything but the vaguest terms. [more inside]
ok, this is kind of a complicated question and I'm not even sure how to ask it. But I do feel like something is Wrong about how I read. Details below. [more inside]
I really enjoy books which give me a very strong sense of place. Mystery series like Dana Stabenow's Kate Shugak mysteries for Alaska and Nevada Barr who brings U.S. National Parks to life. I'm going to Montenegro, Croatia, Turkey, Greece and Italy this spring. Can you recommend some books? [more inside]
I'm looking for a decent three season men's warm up jacket with a large inside pocket that can fit a decent sized book (two paperbacks or a larger hardcover). Does anyone make this? I carry a book with me everywhere and I don't always want to carry a bag, but many lighter jackets don't have pockets big enough. Can I find this anywhere?
I am considering buying my bookworm 7 year old girl a kindle for her 8th birthday. If any other mefites have done this or considered it I'd like to hear your opinions on it. [more inside]
This is probably ways too long of a shot here, but I need help remembering the title of any book in this series. It's been bugging me for days...very sketchy details inside! [more inside]
I'm a physicist, and I'm marrying a biologist. Can Mefi suggest any wedding readings suitable for us? We're looking for something along a sciency theme.
I apologize if this question may seem silly, but I read a lot and I notice that I don't recall what I've read very well. My usual technique for reading clinical books is that I highlight what I think is important and then I go back and take notes on what I have highlighted. I can definitely highlight too much and it makes going back very time consuming. Is there a better way of going through a book and taking notes on it? It seems like my old method is not working very well. [more inside]
I just got a copy of the Tom Holland translation of Herodotus out of the library. I am not a student of Classical Lit (before this I've only read Homer and the tragedians), but a creative writer following a hunch that Herodotus might help with the project I'm currently working on. Any ideas where to start in The Histories? What to look for when reading? What you loved about reading it? [more inside]
Superheroes and vampires and dark overlords (oh my!) don't operate in a vacuum. They have meetings to schedule and budgets to balance and dry-cleaning to be picked up but obviously they can't be bothered with such mundane details. I want to read stories about the staff that gets those things done. I've wandered across a couple that I have enjoyed and would love suggestions in the same vein, especially if they are funny or lighthearted and play on the contrast between the extraordinary and the banal. [more inside]
I'm creating a short story unit for my grade 12 students and so I'm looking for 5 or 6 good, suspenseful ones that will (hopefully) really pique their interest--even the ones who hate reading. [more inside]
I recently enjoyed The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer and am searching for similar novels. By which I mean novels that are about people living their lives, and the growth and change that naturally happens as they do. Engaging, but not particularly dramatic. Difficulty level: reading that helps me fall asleep. A couple of snowflakes inside... [more inside]
I build up quite a bit of reading in my online skimming, but I want to be able to export all that into some kind of newspapery or magaziney template that I can print out and read in the paper-world. Reading off a screen just isn't doing it for me anymore. [more inside]
I have just started occasionally letting my precocious, smart but hyperactive four-year-old "play" on the computer. So far she loves Paint and writing herself "letters" on Notepad. I would like some more easy, fun, and ideally free things that I can give her to do on there. Bonus points for anything educational. [more inside]