TO: problems of reading, What to Read? and problems of No Suitable Place to
Read. Most people find a book and sit down on a dining room chair with not
enough light around to properly see, with distractions and discomforts.
They don't know what to read, where or how to find something interesting to
them. Problems with many authors are, they are merely professional writers
with no interest in the subject they are writing about, they get paid by the
word, and lets say they have 50 pages worth of info, the publishing company
makes them stretch it out to a 600 page text book (standard in college).
With all the FILLER of non-essential nonsense which American's read, no wonder
"Johnny can't read", and Americans watch TV instead of reading, and no
wonder no one reads instructions or signs, there's too much to read, and most of
it is B.S. I pose some SOLUTIONS to these issues.
Go to a Book Store or Library, allow yourself at least a couple of hours (book store, have at least $100 available, check, cash....)
For every 1 Excellent Book, there are at least 20, 30 or more average books (and a few real bad books). But YOU WILL FIND SOMETHING YOU LIKE, SOMETHING THAT WILL BE OF USE TO YOU, SOME THAT WILL IMPROVE YOUR LIFE GREATLY. So instead of going to some expert and paying a fortune, go get a book written by an expert and pay only a little bit of money.
Get your self several books. Do this on a Frequent basis (at least twice a month). Get Non-Fiction Books (Fiction is literature, stories). Non-Fiction is, science, gardening (outdoor-indoor), fitness, health, nutrition, body language, psychology, sex, history, anthropology, etiquette, philosophy, religion, astronomy, travel, language, computer programming, business, animals, nature, music, automobile repair, test preparation, job search, internet, movies, famous biographies, quotations, and Reference. Get yourself a current Almanac if you don't already have one. Print this out, TAKE THIS LIST OF SUBJECTS WITH YOU, UNDERLINE YOUR FAVORITES, ADD NEW SUBJECTS.
Spend some TIME looking thru the books. "Is this really a good book?" (you can always ask someone in that section "Do you know anything about this subject? can you tell me if this is a good book? can you advise me on a good book in this subject?", and in a Library, you can always ask a Librarian (if the Librarian is mean and nasty, just ask another Librarian). Ask yourself "Even if this is a good book, do I really need or want this book?". Take some time going thru the books, YOU WILL FIND PLENTY OF GOOD BOOKS THAT WILL BE OF GREAT USE TO YOU.
YOU WILL NEED A PLACE TO READ.
If others in your household watch TV or listen to the Radio, you can plug the TV sound in to the stereo and let them listen thru headphones. And/or, you can listen to good soothing new age or classical music (more suitable for reading than rock and roll, I love rock and roll, I am a rock musician, but for reading, I listen to New Age, Ravi Shankar (India), or Renaissance, or Classical (Chopin, Vivaldi, Debussy, Hyden, JS Bach and every one loves Mozart). Play it at a low volume thru headphones so you can read. I have some good music posted at MUSIC SELECTIONS and will later post specific suggestions for READING MUSIC (easy going background music suitable for reading).
YOU WILL NEED A COMFORTABLE CHAIR SUITABLE FOR READING YOU WILL NEED A VERY BRIGHT LIGHT (75 WATTS or greater), right behind you, so it is easy to see, easy to read. If you live in a small apartment (many people do) you can get an second, cheap stereo (with CD player), so that both TV viewers (with headphones) and Readers (with headphones) can listen to different things. 2 Sound Systems, that is best, both with headphones.
Next, you will need a BOOKSHELF, put it right next to your Reading Chair. I put my computer right in front of my Reading Chair, and my bookshelf right next to my reading chair.
YOU NEED BOOKS BY COLLEGE EDUCATED EXPERTS
As very often, if you ask the general public about something, the general public is often incorrect and assumes something, and calls it "common sense".
"Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen" -Albert Einstein
THEN YOU WILL PROGRESS, YOU WILL LEARN
If you loose interest in one subject, you can read about something else and come back to it later. Read what you want to read. Follow the advice of Alex Trebeck (spelling?) the man on Jeopardy, get a current ALMANAC.
No Tests, No Grades, No Homework, just read what you want to read when you want to read it. You just might learn something. And if you get an idea of something you might be interested in, WRITE IT DOWN (everyone forgets things, even geniuses, so Take Notes. "Smart People Take Notes; Idiots don't have to").
"Idiots Guide to Organizing Your Life" is a good book to start with (they may have updated it and retitled it).
Take your kids to the books store, give them a book shelf, a comfortable reading chair, with a good light right behind it.
READING CHAIR: not just a chair for a dinner table, something where you can lean back, something relaxing. The reason most people don't read, is that they have no comfortable place to read, and not enough light to read by, and by the time they get around to realize that they are not comfortable and don't have enough light, they attempt to fix it but loose interest. So it is important to set up a READING STATION FIRST.
My I suggest some good books?
I prefer the selection at Borders Books, but also go to Barnes & Noble and others, they're all different. Barnes & Noble has a great online selection of Out Of Print, Used books in excellent condition (in case there is a book you always wanted but its now out of print, it may take a week or 2 with shipping, but then you have it).
PRINT THIS OUT AND TAKE IT WITH YOU
HIGHLIGHT IT AND COPY AND PASTE IT TO E-MAIL FOR YOUR FRIENDS
BAS AMT; AAS EET; AS CIM; AA FAM